Your voice in Europe, your vote on May 25th

Your voice in Europe, your vote on May 25th

Update 19 May: There have been some changes in polling station allocations

If you are voting for the first time on May 25th in the European Elections – you must be on the census to do so – you will need to know which polling station you are required to attend to vote, and should have received an official communication telling you where to go. However if you haven’t received this letter but have registered on the census you are still entitled to vote.

If you have voted before do still take note as there have been some important changes, in particular for residents in Playa Paraíso and Costa Adeje. While you have probably received a leaflet outlining the changes and listing the streets and the polling station allocation, here are the most important changes.

Playa Paraíso
In previous elections residents of Playa Paraíso voted in the Callao Salvaje Cultural Centre, however this year there are changes, due to the creation of a new electoral section, ‘sección 17’. Voters who live in the following streets will now vote in the Armeñime station:

Armeñime Cultural Centre Polling Station
Sección 17 tables U
• Adeje 300,– the whole street
• Aljibe, (El) , the whole street
• Andenes, (Los) , 1- 13
• Galgas, (Las), 1- 18
• Horno, (El), the whole street
• Idafe, 1-59
• Ladera (La), 1- 20
• Loma (La), the whole street
• Pinque, (El), the whole street
• Playa Paraiso, 1- 101
• Vega, (La), 1- 31
• Vera, (La), 1- 21

Costa Adeje
There are a number of changes for residents in Costa Adeje from Playa las Américas to San Eugenio Alto, due to the creation of a new ‘seccíon 18’. Therefore people who might have voted previously in the Magma Arte y Congresses centre may find they are now voting in the Costa Adeje (Las Américas) Bus Station or the Miraverde Cultural Centre. Check below for your street name and number.

Miraverde Cultural Centre
Sección 18, tables A-B
• Andorra, the whole street
• Aragon, the whole street
• Asturias, 1- 99
• Atenas, 1-99, 2-98
• Baleares, 2-20, 1-23
• Beirut, 1- 2
• Berna, 1-10
• Cantabria, the whole street
• Ceuta, the whole street
• Dublin, the whole street
• Extremadura, the whole street
• Galicia, the whole street
• Ifonche, 1-44
• Lisboa, 1-44
• Madroñal, 26-60, 67
• Melilla, the whole street
• Murcia, the whole street
• Navarra, the whole street
• Rioja, (La), the whole street

Costa Adeje Bus Station
Sección 7, tables A-B
• Antonio Navarro
• Argentina, 1-4
• Bolivia, 1-4
• Bruselas (De), 1-11
• Colon, (De) the whole street
• Comarcal, 2 -26, 1-45
• Cuba, 1-4
• Ernesto Sarti, the whole street
• España, (De) the whole street
• Eugenio Dominguez Afonso, 1-4
• Gran Bretaña, the whole street
• Guatemala, the whole street
• Londres, 1-4
• Paraguay, the whole street
• Paris, 1-14
• Pueblos (De los), the whole street
• Rafael Puig Lluvinia, the whole street
• Republica de Panama, the whole street
• Roma, 1-6
• Uruguay, the whole street
• V Centenario, the whole street
• Valencia, 1-6
• Venezuela, the whole street

Sección 11 table U
• Alemania, 2-18, 1-9
• Austria, the whole street
• Caldera, (La), the whole street
• Cataluña, 1-16
• Diario de Avisos, 1-17
• Dinamarca, 1-17, 2-4
• Europa, the whole street
• Finlandia, the whole street
• Francia, the whole street
• Grecia, 1-7
• Irlanda, the whole street
• Islandia, 1-4
• Italia, 1-6
• Madrid, the whole street
• Noruega, 1-7, 2-4
• Pais Vasco, the whole street
• Paises Bajos, 1-3, 2-6
• Pasaje de Austria, 1-99
• Portugal, 1-10
• Suecia, the whole street
• Suiza, the whole street
• Vista Bella, 1-12

If you are still unsure or have more questions, you can check with the council by phone on 922 756 200 or 922 531 750.

Source: European Parliament
Source: European Parliament

Original post 15 January: EU citizens have the right to vote in their European country of residence. If you are a European citizen you have the right (and many would say duty) to vote in the upcoming European elections which are taking place on May 25th, 2014 in Spain. But if you’re not registered, your voice won’t be heard.

You might think that what happens in Brussels or Strasbourg is too far away to affect us here in the Canary Islands, but nothing could be further from the truth. Increasingly, what happens at European level has a direct impact on our daily lives, particularly given the Canary Island’s status as an ‘ultra-peripheral region’ and every vote counts.

The closing date for inclusion on the electoral register is 30 January.

Who can vote?
Citizens from the following countries, resident here in Tenerife, are eligible to vote: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden.

However, to make sure you can exercise your vote you must be registered on the electoral census and the residents register – the ‘Padrón’– and have indicated your wish to vote in Spain in these European elections – this is to ensure that you don’t vote in more than one country. (Elections are taking place over a number of days, so theoretically it would be possible). The Electoral Census office have sent letters to many European citizens who have not already signed on the electoral census. If you have received such a letter all you have to do is sign it and return it to the indicated address.

However, if you haven’t received any communication but would like to vote, call into your local town all and say you wish to register on the electoral census for the right to vote. You must be on the municipal residents register (Padrón) to do so. If you are not on the Padrón you can do this at the same time. You will need to bring your passport and your resident’s certificate ensuring that your address is up to date. There will also be a short period of time, still to be determined, after the closing date, when you can check that your details have been properly registered.

As times are changing, so are we. Since the last European elections, the rules of the game have changed. The European Parliament now has more power, both to set the political direction of Europe and over the day-to-day decisions which affect us all. A more powerful European Parliament means more influence for everyone, more ability to deal with our problems, more ability to change what needs changing, more assertiveness to conserve what we want to keep. Your vote really counts, so make sure you have it, and use it.


  1. Interesting that voting for new members of the EU parliament takes place in England on the 22nd May.

  2. Author

    Yes, there’s a range of dates for voting throughout Europe.

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