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European Parliamentary Elections 2019

Notice of election

European parliamentary elections are taking place on 23 May 2019.

To view the full details please download the Notice of Election (PDF).

See Statement of parties and individual candidates nominated (PDF).

The European Parliament is based in Brussels (Belgium), Luxembourg and Strasbourg (France) and passes regulations and directives that affect everyone in the European Union (EU) from the north of Scotland to the south of Italy and from the borders of Russia to the Atlantic Ocean.

It deals with issues such as the environment, human rights, consumer rights and economic development.

There are 751 Members of the European Parliament who are elected once every five years by voters right across the 28 Member States of the European Union on behalf of over 500 million citizens.

Bedford Borough is within the Eastern Region of the United Kingdom. Voters elect seven Members to the European Parliament in this region, using the D’Hondt method of proportional representation. The next elections are scheduled for 23 May 2019.

For more information visit the European Parliament website.  

Polling day: 23 May 2019

Go to where do I vote to find your polling station or use the polling station location map.

Registering to vote for European elections

If the UK does take part in the European Parliamentary elections on 23 May, you need to register to vote by 7 May. You don’t need to register again if you are already registered. 

If you’re a citizen of a European Union country (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), you can either vote in the UK or in your home country. You can’t vote twice.

To vote in the UK you need to:

Once completed please return the form by midnight on 7 May 2019. Copies of the form can be accepted by email at 

Postal and proxy votes European elections

​​​If you know you will not be able to get to the polling station on the election day, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

Voting by proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. It can be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day, or if you are abroad during an election.

To vote by proxy or post, you’ll need to complete and sign an application form. 

Read more about how voting by proxy works.

Once your form is filled in and signed, print and return it to us at: Electoral Registration, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP before the following deadlines:

  • New applications to vote by post or to cancel or amend an existing postal vote or proxy appointment - 5pm on Wednesday 8 May 2019
  • New applications to vote by proxy - 5pm on Wednesday 15 May 2019
  • Emergency applications to vote by proxy - 5pm on Thursday 23 May 2019