Are there constraints on the number of countries in which you can place a vote in the European Election?

Can a British citizen living in France vote in both France and Britain in the European Elections?


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You may only vote once.

If you live in your home country, you can only vote for the EU candidates standing for election in your own country.

If you are registered and live in another EU country, you can:

  • vote for candidates standing in your home country or
  • participate in the election of your host country and vote for candidates standing in that country.
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    And it looks like there may be serious problems for UK expats in today's election. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48351281
    – Jontia
    May 23, 2019 at 15:12
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    And European citizens trying to vote in the UK. theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/23/…
    – Jontia
    May 23, 2019 at 15:13
  • @Jontia Those two news pieces taken together look like pretty obvious voting fraud: they disenfranchise 2 groups most likely to vote pro-EU.
    – M i ech
    May 24, 2019 at 11:46
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    @Miech "Never ascribe to malice that which can be ascribed to incompetence". My council recommends ex-pats register for a proxy vote rather than a postal vote for precisely the reason that postal votes may not get back in time. (Luckily I took that advice.) May 24, 2019 at 11:49
  • The fact that EU citizens didn't get their forms in time to certify they weren't voting elsewhere is probably down to councils not believing until very late that elections were going to happen. May 24, 2019 at 11:59

Aside from the technical (and correct) answer by Ben, there was a highly prominent case following the previous EU elections in 2014. Journalist Giovanni di Lorenzo who holds both Italian and German citizenship stated in a post-election talkshow hosted by Günther Jauch in Germany’s national television that he had voted twice in that election: once in the Italian consulate and once in his home town of Hamburg. There was some live confusion in the studio but at the end of the show it was confirmed that his actions had been illegal.

He was later the subject of investigations by the Public Prosecutor’s office but ultimately charges were dropped (source in German).

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