To vote in the European parliamentary elections you had to be:
- aged 18 and over to vote (16 or over to register)
- a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
- either resident in Brighton & Hove or a UK citizen formerly registered in Brighton & Hove but living abroad
- registered to vote by 7 May
EU citizens living in Brighton & Hove
Citizens of a European Union country (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), could either vote in the UK or in their home country.
To vote in the UK, you also needed to complete a form stating you wish to vote in the UK and not in your home country by Tuesday 7 May.
South East region MEPs
These elections are held every five years in all the European Union states. The UK is represented by 73 MEPs. Under a system of proportional representation, the UK is divided into 12 regions. There are 10 MEPs for the South East region. All 10 will represent each person resident in the South East.
Everyone in the South East region (which includes Brighton & Hove) had a choice to vote for one of 12 options. These include nine parties and three independent candidates.
MEPs are elected using proportional representation. This means seats will be awarded to the party (or independent candidate) in proportion to the number of votes they win.