How to Vote?


How to Vote?

Once we have review the basis of the European Union, analyze the European Parliament more in detail and show you the different options that will be presented in the next European elections 2014, we hope that now you are more informed and have a clearer decision about your vote. So after all of that, you could ask, what do I have to do in order to vote?

To answer that question, we have prepare this section where you can find the information about the requirement  in every country in three situations:

  1. If you are national and you are in your country the day of elections you must be older than 18 years old – 16 in the case of Austria- and with your right to vote in place (you are not in jail, or haven´t been banned for other reasons).
  2.  If you reside in another EU country you can find yourself in two situations:
  • Vote in your country of origin – for this look at the third column
  • Vote in the country of your residence – for this look at the fourth column

The EU ensures the right of equality of citizens and their right to vote. EU citizens may exercise their right to vote and to stand as a candidate either in the EU country of residence or in their home country. No one may vote more than once or stand as a candidate in more than one EU country. To prevent double voting and double candidacy, EU countries must exchange information on citizens registered to vote or to stand as a candidate.

The requirements which a national of another EU country must satisfy to vote or to stand as a candidate in his/her country of residence are:

  • be a citizen of the Union;
  • be resident in the EU country in which s/he proposes to vote or to stand as a candidate;
  • satisfy the same conditions as a national of that EU country who wishes to vote or to stand as a candidate (the principle of equality between national and non-national voters).

It is ultimately a matter for each EU country to determine which persons are its nationals.

Let´s go to some definitions:

Voting by proxy: Means that you can delegate your vote in another person to vote for you in case you are not in the country, you are in a hospital or similar, etc. in the day of elections you can entitled that person. It is not possible in every country and the procedures vary as well. You have more exhaustive information in the document.

Voting by post: Means that you can vote from a post office if you are not going to be in the country/place of residence by the day of elections. The casuistic also varies from country to country.

Voting in consulates and embassies: When you live abroad the majority of the countries offer this possibility in order to allow you to cast your vote. For every country you will find a link with the list of embassies and consulates.

Ok, so we hope that now we have clarified your doubts so you can have a look to the requirements for every country.

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Austria

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Belgium

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Bulgaria

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Croatia

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Cyprus

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Czech Republic

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Denmark

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Finland

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Estonia

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France
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Germany

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Greece

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Hungary

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Ireland

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Italy

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Latvia

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Lithuania

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Luxembourg

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Malta

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Netherlands

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Poland

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Portugal

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Romania

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Slovakia

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Slovenia

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Spain

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Sweden

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United Kingdom


Austria

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Austrian citizens having reached the age of 16 on the day of the European elections and being in full possession of their voting rights may vote.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

If you are an Austrian citizen who does not permanently reside in Austria, you must register (voter registration procedure) with a town or village in Austria in order to have your name added to a local “voter register”. If your name is not registered on this “voter register,” you cannot apply for an absentee ballot and you will not be able to cast your vote.

Once the elections have been officially announced, each Austrian citizen (as long as he/she is registered) can apply for an absentee ballot. The application for an absentee ballot is to be forwarded (via mail, fax, e-mail, or online) to the Austrian town/village which has entered you into its “voter register.” Please note that your application for an absentee ballot must include your name, your date of birth, the number of your valid Austrian passport, and the exact address your ballot should be sent to.

Immediately after having received your absentee ballot, you may actually vote. In any case, you must cast your vote before the last polling station in Austria is scheduled to close

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All EU citizens having reached the age of 16 on the day of the European elections and being in full possession of their voting rights in their Member State of origin may vote.

Belgium

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Belgian nationals aged 18 or over

  • Belgian nationals who are resident in another Member State of the European Community;
  • Belgian nationals residing in any other country outside the EU who are aged 18, in full possession of their voting rights and who apply to vote by post for Belgian lists;

It is voting compulsory in this country?

YES for all voters registered on electoral rolls and failure to do so carries a Penalty of 137,50 €

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Both voting by proxy –meaning that you can delegate your vote to another person- and postal voting are allowed.
Postal voting is restricted to Belgians resident in another Member State of the European Union.

Belgians living abroad who have voluntarily registered with the consular registry are, just as citizens resident in Belgium, subjected to mandatory voting. To see the registration process you can see it here

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

European Union citizensresident in Belgium, aged 18 or over on polling day, entered in the population register or in the foreigners’ register of their commune of residence and enrolled in the electoralregister on or before 31 March 2014.

For entering in the voting register you can do it through this page http://www.verkiezingen.fgov.be/

Bulgaria

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Older than 18 years old and have been resident in that municipality for more than four months.

Voter lists should be posted in polling stations for public scrutiny no later than 40 days before election day. Voter lists should also be published on the website of the relevant municipality to allow voters to check their details online.

Voters can be added to a voter list on election day based on their permanent address

It is voting compulsory in this country?

YES

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

According to the Election Code, 20 applications are needed in order to open a voting poll in a city where Bulgaria has a Consular Office or diplomatic representation, while where there is no such representation, the number of required applications is 100. The deadline to register is established by the Central Electoral Commission and it is normally 1 month prior to election.
More information can be found here http://www.mfa.bg/bg/pages/47/index.html

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Voters need to register to vote and sign the electoral register at least four weeks in advance of the election. This can be done at the municipality they reside.

Croatia

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Any Croatian citizen aged 18 or over on the second polling day at the latest, with full voting rights is entitled to vote

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting from abroad is possible in the consulates and embassies of the Republic of Croatia.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Voters of other European Union member states shall vote at polling stations in the territory of the Republic of Croatia determined according to the location of their registered domicile or temporary residence.

European Union citizens resident in Croatia may enrolled in the electoral register at least 30 days before the election. This can be done throught the municipality they reside

Cyprus

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All citizens of Cyprus residing in Cyprus who are at least 18 years old and who had their habitual residence in the Republic for a period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of acquisition of voting rights, have the
right to vote.
Voters and EU voters shall be entered on the respective electoral rolls by virtue of a special application form

It is voting compulsory in this country?

YES but not penalties

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting by post is not possible.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All citizens of another EU country of at least 18 years old and who had their habitual residence in Cyprus for a period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of acquisition of voting rights, have the right to vote

Czech Republic

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Any Czech citizen aged 18 or over on the second polling day at the latest, with full voting rights is entitled to vote.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting from abroad by correspondence or in advance is not possible

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Citizens other than Czech Republic citizens must be registered as resident in the country (therefore registered at their embassy) for at least 45 days. At least 2 days before the election day, the EU citizen shall apply for registration in the “annex to the permanent list of voters”. The application can be done in person at the municipal office or in writing

Denmark

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Any person who has the right to vote in elections to the Danish Parliament (Folketinget)has the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament.

In addition, anyone who is a Danish citizen, is 18 years old and has permanent residency in one of the other EU Member
States has the right to take part in the European Parliament elections, unless she/he has been placed, with legal effect in Denmark, under the care of legal guardians

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Advance voting can also take place at any Danish diplomatic representation abroad (embassies and consulates) from three months prior to election day.

More information here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EX8w33Uzaw
http://valg.aalborgkommune.dk/english.aspx

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Citizens of other Member States who are 18 years old or over and permanently resident in Denmark are also entitled to take part in the elections to the European Parliament, if the hold their electoral rights.

However, no person who is entitled to vote can do so without being registered on the electoral roll, meaning that it has to be resident of a Danish municipality.

Estonia

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

An Estonian citizen who has reached the age of 18 by election day has the right to vote.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Estonian residents that live abroad are entitled to vote either by post or at the Estonian representation.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

A citizen of another Member State has the right to vote, provided that he/she has reached the age of 18 by election day and his permanent residence is in Estonia (the address details of his residence have been entered in the Estonian population register), and he/she has not been deprived of the right to right to vote in his Member State of origin.

Finland

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Finnish citizens who are aged 18 or older on the day of the election are eligible to vote
in the elections to the European Parliament, regardless of domicile.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voters may also vote in advance in post offices, hospitals and certain other institutions as
well as in Finnish diplomatic missions or their offices

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Citizens of another EU Member State aged 18 or over are eligible to vote if they are domiciled in Finland on the 51st day before Election Day and if they apply for the right to vote not later than on the 80th day before Election Day).

As well, those register to vote in previous EP elections and still domiciled in Finland have automatically the right to vote.

France

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All French citizens aged 18 or over having their main address in France or being resident in France on a continuous basis, and in full possession of their voting rights Registration is automatic with coming of age.

Voters may choose to be registered on the electoral roll:

  • of their official domicile;
  • or of a commune where they have been paying local taxes for at least the last 5 years;
  • or of a place of residence if the residence has been actual and continuous for at least the last 6 months;
  • or of a commune where civil servants/military personnel have been mandatorily posted.

http://www.elections-legislatives.fr/en/voting.asp

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting by proxy allows absentee voters to be represented by the voter of their choice to cast their vote in their name. The proxy authorization can be issued for one single election (first round, second round or both), for a year (if it can be established that you are unable to go to a voting office over a long-term) Applications should be made :

  • at the gendarmerie, the police station or the district courthouse, in France ;
  • at the French embassy or consulate, when abroad.

A recognized proof of identity in addition to a signed statement mentioning the reason for which the requesting party cannot vote in person is required.

The proxy authorization can be issued :

  • for a single election (first round, second round or both) or;
  • for a year (if it can be established that you are unable to go to a voting office over a long-term) or ;
  • for a maximum period of three years (for a French citizen residing abroad)

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

European Union citizens resident in France, aged 18 or over on polling day and enrolled in the electoral register on or before 31 December 2013
Here you have the link with more information

Germany

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Any German citizen aged 18 or over and who is a resident of Germany, of any EU Member State, of any Member State of the Council of Europe, or ofany other country provided they have been resident in this country for less than 25 years, and who are on a German electoral roll, is entitled to vote.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Some embassies and consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany offer a forwarding service for postal ballot documents. German citizens living abroad should directly contact the relevant mission abroad to obtain detailed information.

Germans who still have a registered place of residence in Germany need only file a request for postal ballot documents. Both kinds of applications can even now be submitted to the municipality where they were last registered before leaving the Federal Republic of Germany.

The detailed information about the procedures can be found here.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

European Union citizens aged 18 or over on polling day resident in Germany, if they are resident in member states of the European Union for at least three months.

Greece

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Greek citizens aged 18 years or over may vote in elections to the European Parliament and exercise their right to vote for candidates on the Greek national lists.

Greek citizens resident in a municipality other than the one where they were born are allowed to vote in the place of residence if they have submitted a request to do so to the mayor of the municipality where they are resident at least 2 months before the elections.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

YES for all voters entered on the electoral roll.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Greek citizens resident in another EU Member State may vote at the Greek consulate.

Greek Embassies and Consulates in other Member States of the European Union are obliged to inform Greek voters who have their residence there using every reasonable means about their right to participate in the European Parliamentary Elections.
These voters should be informed in due time about the date of elections, the prerequisites for exercising their electoral rights and to be provided with the ID papers necessary for Election Day.

Conditions
In order to exercise their right to vote at their place of residence Greeks resident abroad should:
a) be registered in an electoral roll of a municipality or community in Greece.
b) be entitled to vote and not have been deprived of that right.
c) submit a statement to the local Embassy or Consulate (in the area where they intend to exercise their voting rights) that they wish to vote at their place of residence. The deadline for submitting such statements has been set by the Minister of the Interior
d) have their residence in a Member State of the European Union on Election Day. Based on this statement they will be entered in special electoral rolls prepared by the Ministry of Interior.

A detailed information can be found at
http://www.ypes.gr/en/Elections/ElectionsEuropeanParliament/ElectionsforEuropeanParliament/InterstGreeksAbroad/

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

European Union citizensaged 18 or over on polling day, resident in Greece and registered in the electoral roll on or before 3 March 2014.

Hungary

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Every Hungarian citizen having reached the age of majority and a residence in Hungary is entitled to vote, unless he/she has been previously deprived of this right.
The list of voters is established for each community based on the information of the central register of personal data and addresses. Those citizens, who – according to the data provided by the other Member States of the European Union – have decided to practice their right to vote in another Member State, are deleted from the list of voters in Hungary.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting by post is not possible. Citizens who are not present at their place of residence on polling day may vote with a certificate within the territory of Hungary.

Citizens who are abroad on polling day may vote at the embassies, given that they asked for their inclusion to the register of voters at the diplomatic missions 30 days before polling day at the latest.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Citizens of other European Union Member States, who have a residence in Hungary, have also the right to vote if they meet the requirements for Hungarian voters and request inclusion in the list of voters. The request must be done at the municipality where they reside.

Ireland

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Irish citizens aged 18 or over who are resident in Ireland and in full possession of their voting rights

It is voting compulsory in this country?

Not Specified

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

It is possible to vote by post only if you fulfill some conditions:

An Irish diplomat or his/her spouse posted abroad
A member of the Garda Síochána
A whole-time member of the Defence Forces.
You may also be eligible for a postal vote if you cannot go to a polling station because:

Of a physical illness or disability
You are studying full time at an educational institution in Ireland, which is away from your home address where you are registered
You are unable to vote at your polling station because of your occupation
You are unable to vote at your polling station because you are in prison as a result of an order of a court.
Applications for inclusion on the Postal Voters List must be received by 25 November at the latest.

If you are registered as a postal voter, you may vote by post only. You may not vote at a polling station.

You can find more detailed information here

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

If you are an EU citizen, other than an Irish or British citizen, and you were not registered to vote in previous European elections in Ireland, you must also complete a declaration, Form EP1, to guard against double voting in the election. The local council will register you to vote in your local constituency and send the information in your declaration to your home EU Member State. You can also get the form from your local authority.

To be eligible to be included on the Register of Electors, you must:

Be at least 18 years old on the day the Register comes into force (15 February)

Have been ordinarily resident in the State on 1 September in the year preceding the coming into force of the Register.

Here you can find the Form EP1 and more information

Italy

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Italian citizens aged 18 or over in full possession of their voting rights

It is voting compulsory in this country?

Not Specified

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Citizens of the European Union aged 18 years or over.

Italian citizens aged 18 or over on polling day who are resident in other EU member states and have submitted an application to the Italian consulate up to 18 days before polling day

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All EU citizens aged 18 or over who are resident in Italy and in full possession of their voting rights in their Member State of origin are entitled to vote and must submit their applications to the local authority not later than 90 days before the elections.

They must be enrolled in the electoral list of their town of residence up to 19 days before polling day

Latvia

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Latvian citizens, who on election day have reached the age of 18, and
whose data have been included in the voters’ register of Latvia are entitled to vote in the
European Parliament elections.

The following persons shall not be entitled to vote:

  • − persons who are recognized as mentally incapacitated according to the procedure set by law;
  • − persons serving a court sentence in penitentiaries;
  • − persons who are not eligible to vote in the European Union member state they come from

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

If a voter is temporarily absent from Latvia elections, s/he can vote in polling stations established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Central Election Commission outside Latvia

The Central Election Commission may establish election commissions and polling stations in diplomatic and consular missions, In case a voter is absent during local elections, s/he can vote three days before Election Day in the district of the local government where s/he is registered.

Voters residing permanently abroad can choose to vote in polling stations established outside Latvia. Alternatively, a voter can submit an application to a Latvian diplomatic or consular mission, present his/her passport and apply for postal voting. The application should contain the full name, ID and address of the person to which the election materials should be sent.

The application should be submitted no earlier than five months and no later than three weeks before Election Day

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All EU citizens aged 18 or over who are resident in Latvia and in full possession of theirvoting rights in their Member State of origin are entitled to vote in the municipality where they reside.

Lithuania

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania aged 18 years old or over.

Persons who have been declared by a court legally incapable shall not participate in elections.

Lithuanian citizens and citizens of other EU Member States permanently residing in Lithuania shall be included into the Electoral Roll.

Voters are included automatically into the Electoral Roll on the basis of the Population Register. The reference date (65 days prior to the elections) is the date by which a person must declare his place of residence in Lithuania.

His data about the place of residence in Lithuania must be included into the Population Register by that date.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

If you reside abroad it is possible to vote:

  • In diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania;
  • By post, in advance informing the commission of the diplomatic mission or the consular post of the Republic of Lithuania about your residence address. The diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania will send ballot papers to voter by post

http://www.vrk.lt/en/pirmas-puslapis/previous-elections/european-parliament-elections-2009/voting-abroad/general-information.html

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All EU citizens aged 18 or over who are resident in Lithuania and in full possession of their voting rights in their Member State of origin are entitled to vote in the municipality where they reside.

Luxembourg

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Find more

Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Luxembourg citizens aged 18 years old on the day of elections or over.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

YES

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Postal voting is allowed for Luxembourg voters aged over 75 years, or voters who prove that for professional or private reasons they cannot present themselves in the voting office they belong to. Voting by proxy or at an embassy is not possible

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Voting in European election is mandatory for any EU citizen included on the electoral roll in Luxembourg. EU-citizens must be resident in the country for a period of at least two years before being included on the electoral roll for European Parliament elections.

The foreigner has to present himself/herself to the municipality and register in the voter list at least 87 days before the election.

Malta

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

A person is entitled to vote if:

  • (a) he is a citizen of Malta;
  • (b) has attained the age of eighteen years; and
  • (c) he is resident in Malta and has during the eighteen months immediately preceding his registration been a resident for a continuous period of six months or for periods amounting in the aggregate to six months….

The document to register can be found here

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting by post is not possible. Voting should take place in the Country.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Non-Maltese EU citizens residing in the Maltese Islands who do not already hold a Malta ID card or residence document may apply for registration to vote in the European Parliament elections by first applying for their residence document at the Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs Department, Evans Building, St Elmo Square, Valletta, where they also complete the electoral register application, the Electoral Commission said.

This procedure is also required in respect of non-Maltese EU citizens residing in Malta, already in possession of a Malta ID card or Residence document, and wishing to change their option into voting in Malta instead of in their home country in the same elections.

The closing date for the next European Parliament Elections register is September 30

The Netherlands

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Dutch citizens aged 18 or over who are in full possession of their voting rights may vote

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Dutch citizens resident abroad may vote by proxy or by post at the consulates or embassies. After the the next EP elections will be introduced an electoral register that will simplify the procedures

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All EU citizens aged 18 or over who are in full possession of their voting rights in their Member State of origin may vote.

Poland

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Polish citizens aged 18 years old or over

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Citizens who reside permanently abroad can cast votes from abroad in national elections by voting at consular services in person or by correspondence. They can also vote by returning to the country on election day, provided they obtain a statement issued by the relevant consular services affirming their right to vote

The Electoral Code provides for permanent polling stations within consular services as well as on Polish ships wherever at least fifteen voters are present

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

EU citizens aged 18 years old or over in case of permanent stay in Poland and if registeredin the Voter Register

Portugal

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Any Portuguese citizen aged 18 or over and fully entitled to vote. Need to entry on electoral rolls: up to 60 days before the date of the elections, meaning that has to fulfill the conditions in this time.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Portuguese nationals, entered on the Portuguese electoral roll, residing in another EU Member State may vote by post at the Portuguese consulates.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Portuguese nationals, entered on the Portuguese electoral roll, residing in another EU Member State may vote by post at the Portuguese consulates.
Any EU citizen aged 18 or over and fully entitled to vote in his or her country of origin, Need to entry on electoral rolls: up to 60 days before the date of the elections.

For the European Parliament, they must do a formal statement that they shall not vote for
this EU institution in the country of nationality

Romania

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Romanian citizens aged 18 or over, in full possession of their voting rights, can vote.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

Not specified

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Citizens who live permanently abroad can declare their domicile abroad before Romanian Authorities (consulates and embassies).

In such cases, citizens are removed from the electoral roll of the municipality of their previous domicile in the country and placed on a special electoral roll reserved for citizens with domicile abroad.

The mention of domicile abroad is registered in citizens’ passports.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

All EU citizens resident in Romania, in full possession of their voting rights, can vote.

In order to vote, however, second country nationals must submit a written request to the mayor in the municipality of their residence or domicile at least 60 days before the day of elections. The mayor should answer the request in a maximum of ten days.

Registered second country nationals remain enrolled on the special electoral roll until the roll is cancelled or until they are removed from the electoral roll because they no longer qualify for the exercise of electoral rights

Slovakia

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Citizens of the Slovak Republic or of the EU who have attained the age of 18 years by the day of the elections and reside in the Slovak Republic.

Legal obstacles to the entitlement to vote are:

  • confinement of personal liberty due to a reason of protection of a person’s health;
  • execution of punishment;
  • relief from liability for acts

It is voting compulsory in this country?

Not specified

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Those citizens, who do not have permanent residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic or in any other EU member state, are entitled to vote under the condition that they are on the territory of the Slovak Republic on Election Day. In other words, it is not possible to vote by post.

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Each EU citizen with permanent residence in Slovakia, who has attained the age of 18 years by Election day and is in full possession of its voting rights can vote.

Slovenia

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Each citizen of the Republic of Slovenia , who has attained the age of 18 years by Election day and is not suffering from mental disorder, has the right to vote

It is voting compulsory in this country?

Not specified

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

It is possible for citizens living abroad to vote by post or in diplomatic representations of Republic of Slovenia, if this was previously notified to the State Electoral Commission

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Each EU citizen with permanent residence in Slovenia, who has attained the age of 18 years by Election day and is in full possession of its voting rights can vote

Spain

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

Any Spanish citizen over 18 years old and in full possession of their voting rights.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Spanish nationals residing abroad are entitled to vote by post. If you are an Spanish citizen with permanent resident in another EU country you must ask in your consular representation or embassy the documents that later will be sent by them directly or by you by post – you can even ask the reimbursement – to the “Junta Provincial”. In case you are temporarily living abroad you can ask the document for expressing your willing to vote in the embassy and once it will arrive to your post address, you must submit your vote in the consulate/ embassy.

A more detailed information can be found here

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Any EU citizen aged 18 or over and fully entitled to vote in his/her country of origin. The requisites are:

  • a. To be over the age of 18 and not being deprived of the right to vote.
  • b. To be registered in the Municipal Population Register.
  • c. To be granted with a residence permit in Spain.
  • d. To be a legal resident in Spain for the required time in the corresponding

Sweden

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

All Swedish residents 18 year old or over.

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting at the Swedish Post office and voting by mail from abroad is possible

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

Non-Swedish EU citizens must announce their intention of voting to the tax Council administrative board.

Citizens of the European Union and Iceland and Norway are entitled to vote immediately when they move into the municipality

The United Kingdom

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Link for the embassies and consulates.

Conditions you have to fulfill if you live in your county and you want to vote?

United Kingdom citizens aged 18 years or over are entitled to vote. Applications for entry on the electoral roll can be made on an annual basis
http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how_do_i_vote/registering_to_vote.aspx

It is voting compulsory in this country?

NO

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote to your MEP (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for French MEP)

Voting by post or proxy is possible for those citizens that have not been absent from the UK for more than 15 years.

There are no provisions for voting at embassies or consulates abroad

Here you can find useful information

How to vote if you are an EU citizen in another Member State and you want to vote there (for example French living in Germany and you want to vote for German MEP)

European Union citizens registered to vote (except British, Cypriot, Irish and Maltese citizens) at their ordinary address in the UK but temporarily away (for example, awayworking, on holiday, in student accommodation or in hospital), who are aged 18 or over on polling day and have submitted a European Parliament voter registration form

You can find the form and information here