BETWEEN TODAY (MAY 23RD) AND MAY 26TH , VOTERS WITHIN THE EU, INCLUDING UK CITIZENS, WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS TO ELECT NEW MEMBERS OF THE FUTILE EU PROJECT. WHILST MANY BREXITEERS MIGHT THINK IT WISE TO ABSTAIN FROM VOTING, TODAY’S VOTE PROVIDES THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO RATTLE THE ESTABLISHMENT, BUT ALSO TO PREVENT REMAINERS GETTING INTO POWER. POLITICALITE EXPLAINS HOW IT WORKS, HOW TO VOTE, AND WHO YOU CAN VOTE FOR.
THE EUROPEAN Parliament is made up of 751 seats in total.
Each of the 28 EU countries is allocated a set number of seats, roughly depending on the size of its population – the UK has 73.
The UK is divided up into 12 regions, each represented by a number of candidates from political parties or standing independently.
The number of candidates per region depends on the population of the region – for example, the north-east of England has three MEPs while London has eight as the population is bigger.
You can find a list of your candidates in the UK at the end of this article.
HOW DOES VOTING WORK?
MEPs are elected using the d’Hondt method of proportional representation, which sees seats awarded to parties in proportion to the number of votes they win.
Once in the European Parliament, MEPs sit in one of eight political alliances within the Parliament, aligned with those who share a similar political affiliation.
When you vote, you’ll get a ballot paper with the names of different parties and their logos.
You can put a cross against one of those parties.
You’ll also see a list of candidates to be MEPs next to each party’s name on the ballot, in order from number one down.
If the party wins a seat, their top name takes it, and so on down the list.
You cannot change the order of this, or vote for specific candidates.
The party decides on the candidate order, you decide on the party.
Elections are scheduled for May 23 to 26 – with the UK voting on May 23.
Results will be available from all 28 EU countries on the night of Sunday, May 26, after all the member states have voted.
Voting dates by country:
May 23: Netherlands, UK
May 24: Ireland, Czech Republic (which has two-day voting also on 25 May)
May 25: Latvia, Malta, Slovakia
May 26: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
WHO ARE YOUR CANDIDATES?