EU citizens urged to avoid unofficial electoral registration websites
Published: 3 May 2019
EU citizens that want to vote in the European Parliamentary elections in the UK are being urged by the Electoral Commission to only apply to register to vote through their local council or official websites.
Anyone not yet registered to vote should apply at www.gov.uk/registertovote before the Tuesday 7 May deadline. Any EU citizen who wants to vote in the European Parliamenary election in the UK must also print, complete and return a declaration form stating that they will only vote in the UK. The form can be downloaded at yourvotematters.co.uk and must be returned to the local Electoral Registration Officer by Tuesday 7 May.
An Electoral Commission spokesperson said:
“We welcome efforts by campaigners to encourage eligible electors to register to vote. However, our advice to anyone not yet registered is to only apply directly at www.gov.uk/registertovote.
“EU citizens who want to vote at the European election in the UK must also complete a declaration form, and this should be returned directly to their Electoral Registration Officer.
“We are aware that some websites have been set-up to encourage EU citizens to register. We have concerns about their ability to ensure Electoral Registration Officers will receive completed applications before the deadline. We are also concerned about their use of people’s data and have referred these websites to the Information Commissioner’s Office.”
The websites that have been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office and which the Electoral Commission is recommending that EU citizens do not use are https://registertovote.eu/ and https://simple.getvoting.org/#/ . Neither website has been endorsed by the Electoral Commission.
Notes to editors
- The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:
- enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
- regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
- using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency
The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.
- The declaration form that needs to be submitted to the Electoral Registration Officer requires a signature. This form can be scanned and sent by email to the Electoral Registration Officer. Contact details for each Electoral Registration Officer are available at www.yourvotematters.co.uk