The European elections will take part in Lithuania on 26 May 2019. Lithuanian and other EU citizens aged 18 or more can cast a vote.
Normally, voters in Lithuania are allocated a polling station based on their home address. However, on election day they can also vote in another polling station, provided both polling stations are connected to the central database, to ensure that the voter only casts one ballot.
Voters can also vote in advance in any Lithuanian municipality on the last Wednesday and Thursday before election day), or vote at home in some cases.
You do not need to register in advance, as this is done automatically by the authorities. However, if you have changed your home address recently, we advise you to check with the national election authority (www.vrk.lt or www.rinkejopuslapis.lt) whether your registration on the voting lists is correct.
Lithuanian voters who are not in Lithuania on election day can vote by post in the country’s diplomatic missions abroad, but they should register for that in advance.
Those with disability or mobility impairment, and those over 70 years of age can vote at home if they have submitted such a request to the polling station.
Special polling stations are established in healthcare institutions, military, penitentiary and similar institutions.
Yes, you can, but you have to register by 1 May 2019 at the very latest. More information: www.vrk.lt
Political parties or electoral committees have to get at least 5% of the votes to qualify for seat allocation. If all the lists than have surpassed the 5 percent threshold have gained less than 60 percent of the total votes, remaining lists are successively added to the distribution of mandates until 60 percent of the total votes is reached.
Under EU law, all countries must use some type of proportional representation voting system.
Lithuania uses an open-list system with preferential voting: each voter chooses a list and then has the option of indicating five preferred candidates from that list, unless a party or electoral committee has opted out of preferential voting.
The seats are allocated among the lists using the largest remainder method (Hare quota). The candidates from each qualifying list who have received the most preference votes are elected. For those lists that have opted out of preferential voting, the initial order of candidates is retained.
Political parties or electoral committees can nominate lists of candidates for European elections. They have to be submitted to the national election authority no later than 65 days prior to the election. Final lists are published on www.vrk.lt no later than one month before the election.