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EU Citizenship Rights

If you hold the nationality of an EU Member State, you are also an EU citizen. EU citizenship does not replace your national citizenship, it adds to it.

EU citizenship gives you many freedoms and opportunities, such as the right to travel, live and work throughout the EU, and the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections wherever you live in the EU.

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Topic in focus: Electoral Rights

The electoral rights of EU citizens are set out in Article 22 TFEU.

"1. Every citizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national shall have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate at municipal elections in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. This right shall be exercised subject to detailed arrangements adopted by the Council, acting unanimously in accordance with a special legislative procedure and after consulting the European Parliament; these arrangements may provide for derogations where warranted by problems specific to a Member State.

2. Without prejudice to Article 223(1) and to the provisions adopted for its implementation, every citizen of the Union residing in a Member State of which he is not a national shall have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament in the Member State in which he resides, under the same conditions as nationals of that State. This right shall be exercised subject to detailed arrangements adopted by the Council, acting unanimously in accordance with a special legislative procedure and after consulting the European Parliament; these arrangements may provide for derogations where warranted by problems specific to a Member State."

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1. LOCAL ELECTIONS 2018 (UK)

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Who can vote?

As set out on the UK government website, you can vote in local elections if you are:

• registered to vote
• aged 18 or over on the day of the election (aged 16 or over in Scotland)
• a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
• a resident at an address in the area you wish to vote in
• not legally excluded from voting

According to the UK government website, “There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.”

Further information:

UK government advice on eligibility for local elections
European Commission Guide to Electoral Rights
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When are the next local elections?

Local elections take place at least every 4 years. However, different local authority elections take place at different times.

The next local elections in the UK will be held from 07:00 to 22:00 BST on Thursday 3 May 2018.

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Where does the voting take place?

According to the Local Government Association, the local authorities up for election in England will include:

• London Boroughs
• Metropolitan Districts
• Shire Districts
• Single Tier Shire Districts

A full list of the councils where local authority elections are taking place in 2018 will be available on the Electoral Commission’s website soon.

Electoral Commission website
Election timetable in England
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How to vote in the local elections?

To vote in the local elections in May, you need to register on the UK government’s voter registration website.

voter registration website
check whether you are already registered to vote
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2. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS

The next European Parliament elections will take place in May 2019.

Find out about the European Parliament elections, the voting system and more