The polling stations are open – but who will you vote for, if anyone, and why?


The polling stations are now open across Dacorum.

You will have 10 political parties to choose between if you vote in the European elections today.

They include all of the mainstream parties, like Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories.

But there also some less well known parties you can vote for. One is listed as: “English Democrats – I’m English, NOT British, NOT EUropean!”

Meanwhile the British National Party – believed by many to be racist – has the tagline: “Fighting Unsustainable Housing Because We Care.”

Two of the parties, controversially, have very similar names – the widely-publicised UK Independence Party (UKIP) and ‘An Independence from Europe – UK Independence Now’.

You can see the full list of who you can vote for by clicking here

People who vote in Dacorum will be electing Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to represent the ‘eastern’ region of the UK, which spans six counties including Herts. The area has seven MEPs.

There are 70 names on today’s ballot paper for the East. Fewer than 10 are from Herts and none hail from Dacorum.

MEPs are selected using the d’Hondt method of party list representation. This means that the party with the most votes in the East will have their first candidate made an MEP.

All of those votes will then be taken out of the equation. The party with the highest proportion of the remaining votes will then have one of their candidates made an MEP – and so on.

Candidates are not voted for individually in the European elections. Voters instead select the party they would prefer to be represented by.

You can vote up until 10pm tonight. A full list of polling stations in Dacorum can be found here

> Who will you vote for, if anyone, and why? Post below to let us know.