Time is running out to register

Published: Thursday, 25th April 2019

Time is running out to register to vote in the forthcoming European election - anyone not already registered has until 7 May to do so.

Oxford is part of the South East Region which elects 10 members under a proportional representation voting system. 

Anita Bradley, Oxford City Council's Returning Officer, said: "If you want to vote you need to be registered, and time is tight for anyone wanting to vote in the European elections who isn't registered. It doesn't take long to register and by doing so you will ensure that you can exercise your voice through the ballot box."

Everyone aged 18 and over who is eligible to vote must register. Not being registered may affect your credit rating as the electoral register is used to confirm addresses for credit checks when applying for a loan, mobile phone or mortgage.

Registered electors will receive a polling card in the post with details of their polling station. UK nationals who are already registered do not need to register again.

Citizens of European Union countries (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) have been sent a form to complete and return by 7 May to choose to vote in the UK rather than their home country at these elections. They cannot vote in Oxford unless they return that form. Anyone who has not received the form can download it from the European elections page.

Students who are registered in Oxford and at their home address must choose one place in which to vote. It is an offence to vote more than once at a national-level election.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 23 May. The results will be announced on 26 May.

To register visit the Your Vote Matters website.

Anyone unable to vote at a polling station on the day can apply for a postal or proxy vote. A postal vote allows residents to post their vote to the Council in advance of the election. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 8 May.

A proxy vote nominates a specific person to vote on an elector’s behalf at their polling station. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 15 May.

Application forms for postal and proxy votes and registration forms for European Union citizens are available from the Your Vote Matters website.

For more information, to find out if you are already registered or if you would like a paper application form, phone our Electoral Registration Office on 01865 249811 or email elections@oxford.gov.uk.