European elections 2019: What time do polls open, when do they close?

Posted on May 23 2019 - 5:59am by admin

The European elections will take place across the continent between May 23 and 26. The elections, which are held every five years, will see 751 MEPs elected to the European Parliament. As the UK is still considered a member state of the EU, despite efforts to leave the bloc, eligible UK and EU citizens will elect 73 MEPs to represent Britain in the parliament.

When do polls close?

Polls will close at 10pm on Thursday, May 23.

If you’re voting by post, your ballot will have to arrive by this time as well.

Citizens of the UK and other EU member states resident in Britain aged over 18 can vote, provided they registered to do so before May 7.

READ MORE: European Elections 2019 FULL GUIDE: Everything you need to know

What documents do I need to bring to the polling station?

You do not need to bring any documents to the polling stations, however, it is recommended to bring your polling card.

How will the MEPs be elected in the UK?

The voting system for the European elections is the d’Hondt system of proportional representation using a closed list.

This means you vote for a party or an independent candidate.

Political parties will put forward names of candidates in rank order, the number of candidates being no more than the number of seats allowed for each region.

The ballot paper lists the parties’ names (and their candidates under the party name), and any independent candidates.

To vote you simply put a cross next to the party or independent candidate that you wish to vote for.

For Northern Ireland, the Single Transferable Vote is used ranking the candidates in order of preference.

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