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Voting rights of citizens of EU Member States in European Parliamentary elections

An EU citizen may only vote in one EU Member State in the European Parliamentary elections.

A citizen of an EU Member State has the right to be added to the electoral roll and to vote in Estonia, if:
1) He or she is 18 years old by the election date;
2) His or her permanent place of residence is in Estonia, i.e. his or her place of residence in Estonia has been entered in the Estonian Population Register;
3) He or she has not been deprived of the right to vote in the Member State of origin;
4) He or she has not been divested of active legal capacity with regard to the right to vote;
5) He or she is not serving a prison sentence imposed by a court for a criminal offence.


If a citizen of an EU Member State wishes to vote in Estonia, he or she has to submit a signed application to be added to the Estonian electoral roll to the Ministry of the Interior not later than 30 days before the election date. If a voter has already submitted an application to be added to the Estonian electoral roll and he or she is still living in Estonia at the time of the subsequent European Parliamentary elections, he or she does not need to submit a new application for those elections.

Further information about the European Parliamentary elections is available at www.valimised.ee.

For the 2019 European Parliamentary elections, the Ministry of the Interior notified citizens of EU Member States by post in March 2019 that they could be added to the Estonian electoral roll at their place of residence according to the Population Register. The citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were notified by post in April 2019, after the decision of the European Council of 10 April to extend Brexit. The deadline for submitting an application to the Ministry of the Interior was 26 April 2019.


In the European Parliament elections, a voter`s card is sent to voters entered in the electoral roll either on paper by post or electronically in Estonian. The information on the voter`s card sent in the 2019 elections can be found in Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, German and English on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

Last updated: 2 May 2019