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Equal Voting Rights and Procedures for all EU Citizens in EP elections

Not all EU citizens have equal rights to vote in the European Parliament (EP) election.

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An Irish citizen who lives in The Netherlands cannot vote for Irish Members of European Parliament (MEPs), while a Danish citizen can vote for his country’s constituency even if he resides in another EU member state. However, a Danish citizen living in the US cannot vote at all, while a French citizen can. Some can only use postal voting, some can only vote at diplomatic posts (sometimes very far away), others enjoy both, and sometimes proxy voting or even e-voting (only in Estonia). 

While a short list of common provisions have to be observed by all, such as proportional representation, voters in some member states can only vote for a list in order of candidates pre-determined by the corresponding political party (closed list), while others can change the order of candidates on the list to choose to prioritize the ones that they believe are more qualified (preferential vote with varying degrees of liberty).

National electoral law determines voting rights and procedures, but now is the time to stop hiding behind constitutional or legal complexities, and take a step forward with our democracy in Europe.

MEPs are the only directly elected representatives of the European, and we need them to be elected by and represent all EU citizens.

We need Equal Voting Rights and Procedures for all EU Citizens in EP elections !

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Spokesperson CECILIA MALMSTRÖM - Home Affairs
    Michele CERCONE
  • Spokesperson for Viviane REDING Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
    Mina ANDREEVA
  • Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
    Laszlo ANDOR
  • President of the European Council
    Herman VAN ROMPUY
  • European Council, Commission and Parliament
  • President of the European Parliament
    Martin Schulz
  • European Commission
  • President of the European Commission
    Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission)


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