The Chief Executive of Hertsmere Borough Council, Donald Graham, who was also Returning Officer for Hertsmere at yesterday's (23 May) European elections has issued the following statement in light of controversy nationally about EU citizens living in the UK being unable to vote:
“EU Citizens registered to vote in the UK can choose to vote either in the UK or in the country where they are a citizen. They aren’t able to vote in both. Those who wanted to vote in the UK had to complete and return a declaration form to their Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) by 7 May.
"We wrote to around 6,000 registered EU Citizens in Hertsmere and sent them a declaration form which had to be returned by 7 May. It is a legal requirement that EU Citizens must complete the declaration form if they wanted to vote in the European Parliamentary Election in the UK. Around 1500 of these returned their forms to us.
"We only had reports of seven people at polling stations across the borough who were unable to vote as a result of not returning their form to us within the required timescales."
Further information from the Electoral Commission's website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/journalist/electoral-commission-media-centre/to-keep/electoral-commission-statement-regarding-eu-citizens-being-unable-to-vote-in-the-european-parliament-elections
Posted on Friday 24th May 2019