European Elections 23 May 2019
Elections for the European Parliament take place every 5 years. An order was laid in the Parliament on Monday 8 April 2019 to set the date for the European Parliament Election. This came into force on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Polling for this election will be held on Thursday 23 May 2019 with votes counted on Sunday 26 May 2019.
The government has made it clear it intends to leave the EU before the date of European Parliament elections. However, if the UK is still in the EU on Thursday 23 May then polls will take place on that day in the UK.
You can find who your MEPs are on the European Parliament website.
Notice of election
Standing as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Nominations open at 10am on 16 April.
Download a nomination pack from the Electoral Commission's website
Nomination papers must be submitted to the Depute Returning Officer for the Electoral Region of Scotland by 4pm on 25 April at Edinburgh City Council, City Chambers, 253 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ.
Who can vote in these elections
Anyone aged 18 or over who is an EU citizen and is registered to vote.
To vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 7 May.
If the UK takes part in European Parliament elections on 23 May and you’re a citizen of an EU country (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) resident in the UK, you can either vote in the UK or in your country or origin.
If you want to vote in your country of origin you will need to contact the electoral authorities in the EU country where you're a citizen.
We've written to all EU citizens on the electoral register for Fife to ask them to fill in and return a form to let us know where they’d like to vote (i.e. in Fife or their country of origin).If you’ve lost your form, or can’t find it, and want to vote in Fife please fill in another and return it to the Electoral Registration Team, Fife House, North Street, KY7 5LT us by 5.00pm on Tuesday 7 May.
Please be aware that if you're a citizen of an EU country and choose to vote in Fife, you will be unable to vote in your country of origin in these elections as well, even if the UK elections are cancelled.
How to register to vote
To make sure you can have your say you must be registered to vote. You can do this by registering to vote here before midnight Tuesday 7 May.
Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true. Even if you think you’re already registered but aren’t 100% sure you can double check by calling the electoral registration team on 03451 55 55 11.
Voting by post
Please note that you must be registered to vote before you can apply to vote by post. You can register to vote here.
If you’d like to vote by post or amend an existing postal vote, you must do this by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 8 May.
You can apply for a postal vote pack using our online form or by emailing us at Voters.Roll@fife.gov.uk or give us a call on 03451 55 55 11.
If you've applied for a postal vote before 24 April you should receive your postal pack between 9 and 11 May. If you haven't received your pack by 15 May give us a call on 01592 583115.
You should complete and return your postal vote as soon as you can. Your postal vote must be received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 23 May.
Please note that if you have a postal vote you can’t go along to your local polling place and vote there on Thursday 23 May. However, you can hand your postal vote in to your local polling place on Thursday 23 May between 7am and 10pm.
Voting by proxy (when someone votes on your behalf)
Please note that you must be registered to vote before you can apply for a proxy vote. You can register to vote here.
If you’d like to amend an existing proxy vote (when someone votes on your behalf), you must do this by 5.00pm on 8 May.
If you’d like to apply for a new proxy vote you must do this by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 8 May.
For more information on how to vote by proxy click here.
How to Vote
You have one vote. You cast your vote by putting a 'X' next to the party or individual candidate of your choice.
Scotland is classed as 1 region and 6 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are elected to represent Scotland. MEPs representing the UK are elected under a form of closed list proportional representation (PR), where political parties put forward candidates within each region. Individual candidates may also stand.
Where to vote (including Polling Places)
Please note that we have some new polling districts in Dunfermline East and Kirkcaldy North, so your polling place may have changed. Check your poll card to see where you should go to vote.
If you're already registered you should receive your poll card (if you're voting in person on 23 May) any time after 26 April. Your poll card is just for information, you do not need it to vote but it is helpful if you take it with you when you go to vote.
Ballot papers will be counted in Fife by the Local Returning Officer, Steve Grimmond and the results sent to the Regional Returning Officer, Kenneth Lawrie, in Edinburgh. The results will be announced on Sunday 26th May, 2019 sometime after 10 pm.
The count will take place at Michael Wood Sports and Leisure Centre, Viewfield, Glenrothes, KY6 2RD from 6pm on Sunday 26 May. Access is restricted to election staff, candidates, their agents and the media.
Access for Media
Media accreditation for the count will open here on Thursday 2 May and will close on Thursday 16 May. Please note that we will not be able to accept any new applications after this date.
Tel: 01592 583111 Contact Election enquiries online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
Tel: 03451 55 55 11 Contact Electoral Registration online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT