Citizens of other EU countries who live in the UK can elect to vote for UK MEPs in the European elections on 23rd May. I contacted Birmingham City Council in early April and they assured me that a form UC1 will be sent out by Council Elections Office automatically to EU27 citizens registered to vote in the UK.
The form needs to be completed and returned to the elections office no later than Tuesday 7th May, even if it has been completed previously.
However, as I write Birmingham City Council has been woefully slow in this, with many EU27 citizens not having received anything and others contacted by email only. The local Liberal Democrat Councillors are now chasing the Elections Office to find out what is happening.
So don’t leave it to them. Download the form UC1 and send it to ensure your vote
Failing to engage properly will only lead to more disenfranchisement of EU citizens in the UK. As this Article in the Independent describes, the introduction of extra administrative burden, poorly handled by local authorities resulted in a dramatic decline of EU27 citizens voting in the UK, falling from 1,043,629 registered to vote in 2009 to 327,883 five years later in 2014.
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