DOZENS of EU citizens living in Oxfordshire
Voters, who have registered at their local polling stations, are unable to participate in the European elections.
Some have been reported it's because of the vote. Others have been told it's an administration issue.
What turned away at the polling station in Oxford today. Council on the phone said I did not send back a form, I never received in the first place. I did register online #DeniedMyVote
– Egle Zigaite (@egglescake) May 23, 2019
The Electoral Commission said it needed a two-step process.
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Who do you go to? The council? Just turned up at polling station at oxford to vote. My name is there but crossed through. No one knows why .. #DeniedMyVote
– The Jericho Cafe (@jericho_cafe) May 23, 2019
German national Christiane Gehron Ree was leaving Wolvercote polling station.
She's told the mail, "My name is on the electoral register, but there's a line going through it, and a letter." volunteering at the polling station in a local government elections.
It's ridiculous, I've previously voted in the UK in the European Elections and I never had to register in order to do so – the letterbox at Oxford Town Hall, as required, well before the deadline I never got any reply, but I thought it was fine fulfilling the new requirement.
There are 3 million EU citizens living in the UK, it is not easy to get married It seems that they are not very well informed, but there is little information about that possibility.
And now there are tons of people in my situation. "It is really a nasty experience."
In response, the Electoral Commission has said the 'very short notice' from the government impeded the voting process:
"We understand the frustration of some citizens of other EU member states, resident in the UK, who have been looking for them.
If all EU citizens vote in the EU elections in their EU member state, If an EU citizen instead chooses to vote in the EU election in the UK, there is a process to them to complete transfer their right to vote, from their home Member State to the UK., This is a requirement of EU law, which specifies that this is done in advance of the poll.
"This legal process could be made easier for citizens, and the Commission made the case for doing so in the last EU elections in 2014. However, improvements to the process are reliant on changes to electoral law, which can only be taken forward by government and Parliament.
In the election in their home Member State remains unaffected by the change in the UK's participation; in order to do so, they would need to be registered in that country in accordance with that country's process and timetable. "
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