If you are an EU citizen living in Belgium, you have until the end of February to register to vote in the European Parliament election, which will take place on May 26.
You'll vote in the city or municipality you live in, for the Belgian list of candidates.
If your registration is approved, you'll receive your voting card by mail and be obligated to vote – just like all Belgian citizens.
To participate in the European Parliament election, you must meet the following criteria:
- You will be at least 18 years old on May 26, 2019, and you are not exempt or prohibited from voting;
- Your primary residence is in Belgium, as of March 1, 2019;
- You are an EU citizen. A list of EU countries can be found here.
The deadline for registration is February 28, 2019. To register, follow these steps:
- Download Form C/1 (in Dutch) and fill in your details.
- Submit your form no later than February 28, 2019 at your city or municipality's administration offices.
Good to Know:
- If you previously registered to vote in the European Parliament election in 2014, you are automatically registered to vote this time around, too – so long as you still meet the criteria specified above. There's no need to fill out the form again. Your voting card will be sent to you by mail.
- You may exercise your voting right only in one EU country. You can choose whether to return to your country of origin and vote there, or vote here in Belgium – but not both.
- If you are a British National, you can still register to vote in the European Parliament election. This is because the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union is set to occur well after the registration deadline.
If you are not a citizen of any EU country, you are not allowed to vote on May 26. You will still be able to vote in the local elections, which will take place in October 2024.