McAlpine slams UK Govt for EU voter barrier

South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, has hit out at the UK Government for failing to properly inform EU citizens that if they don’t complete extra paperwork they could be prevented from voting in next month’s European elections.

 

Nearly 1500 EU nationals across Dumfries and Galloway could be affected, meaning they could lose their right to take part in the election on the 23rd of May.

 

This is because most EU citizens must complete an additional form declaring their wish to vote in the UK even if they are already registered to vote. Only those from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus will be exempt from the extra stage.

 

Commenting, Ms McAlpine says,

 

“it’s unacceptable that the Tories have failed to inform EU citizens across the UK of this extra process that they must complete by early next week. They should have written to all EU nationals individually to let them know that there’s a real risk of them being disenfranchised.

 

“This additional paperwork is completely unnecessary, but with the Tories polling at just 10% in Scotland for the Euro elections it’s no surprise that they’d want people who would likely cast their votes for a pro-EU party to be forced to stay at home.

 

Any EU nationals who are concerned should contact Dumfries & Galloway Council as soon as possible on 030 33 33 3000, or you can visit their website at www.dumgal.gov.uk to find out more. The forms must be printed out, signed and returned to the council by Tuesday the 7th May 2019.                                     

 

Notes:

 

The link to the website to download the additional paperwork required by EU nationals is here:

https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/255197/EU-citizen-European-Parliament-voter-registration-form-English.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3fvF9FHnsANdgElfi-Lf_9fwl4lnoP-uOS_TLWvn6HvWxzzEH-wf1hcfs

 

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