Published Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 12:03
Today – Tuesday, May 7th – is the last day for anyone wanting to have their say in the European Parliamentary Elections to register to vote.
Voters in Blackburn and Darwen will go to the polls on Thursday, May May 23rd to help elect the North West region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)
But to be able to vote, people must be on the Electoral Register by Tuesday, May 7th. If you’re not registered already, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
European Union citizens living in the North West are eligible to vote in the United Kingdom or your country of origin but not both. To vote in the UK, you must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form available at www.northwestvotes.gov.uk by Tuesday, May 7th
Anyone who is already on the electoral register can also choose to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote in this election must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, May 8th
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday, May 15th. To find out more visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk
A full list of candidates for the European Parliamentary Elections is available at www.northwestvotes.gov.uk
The European Parliamentary Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only, and this can be cast for either a political party or an individual candidate. Each party puts forward a list of candidates for the North West and the allocation of the eight MEP positions will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives in the region.
MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting from the same list of parties and candidates.
The North West region covers Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.