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European Union citizens can vote on 2 May

News release from 05/03/2019

ON THURSDAY 2 May 2019, voters will go to the polls in Cambridge to elect seats on the city council.

Citizens of European Union countries are being reassured that they will be able to vote in the local elections on 2 May, even though the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

Councillor Russ McPherson, Chair of Civic Affairs Committee, said: “Cambridge is rightly proud of its diversity and of the immense contribution that our European citizens bring to our fine city; so I am delighted to confirm that notwithstanding the impending detachment from the EU, those citizens will still retain their voting rights at the up and coming local elections on 2 May.”

British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens are entitled to vote in local elections and those aged 16 or over can register to vote, although you must be aged 18 or over to vote on polling day.

If you are not already registered, you will need to do so by 11:59pm on Friday 12 April 2019, if you wish to vote in the city council elections on Thursday 2 May. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to apply online or call 01223 457048 for a paper application form.

European Union citizens will also be able to stand for election to the city council in 2019, providing they fit the usual criteria. For more information visit the website at www.cambridge.gov.uk/become-a-candidate or call 01223 457048.

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