In Latvia 2 myths regarding participation in elections exist: In order to express one’s disappointment and protest against the actions of the ruling circles, it is recommended not to attend the elections. This myth is not grounded, and the spreading of it is of particular interest…
For instance, if 10 000 voters participate the elections, then to reach the threshold of 5% a party needs only 500 votes. However, if the number of voters reach 100 000, already 5 000 votes are needed.
Do not allow any of the political powers to buy yourself off with making to trust in pre-election agitation on TV, regions or your mail-box.
In order to participate EP elections, one needs a valid passport or ID card, therefore make sure you check the expiry date in advance.
If for any reason on 24 May you will be abroad or will not be able to visit the polling station, you have a possibility to vote at certain times on 21, 22 and 23 May. Use this opportunity!
Prepare yourself for the Election Day and study the lists of candidates and promises of the parties made on the web site of CVK or Kandidatiuzdelnas.lv to find out, if they correspond to your expectations and intentions.
In Latvia, contrary to many other EU countries, voters are entitled to the possibility to make remarks to the ballots, expressing their opinion and crossing off certain candidates or marking them with a plus sign.
Inform your acquaintances about their rights and possibilities to influence the results of the elections.
When you are not participating in the elections, you lose moral rights to criticise EU and the new convocation of the EP, whatever absurdities have been carried out.