Here in Germany any citizen from another EU country wishing to participate in the European election has to "apply for an application form" from the local Wahlamt (election office), fill this in and return it by 10 May. I am informed by an official concerned that this procedure is to enable checks to be made with the authorities in the applicant's home country to avoid cheating.
Little or no publicity is given to this: most Germans and almost all foreigners will have no idea what a Wahlamt is, let alone where it may be found. Although the Wahlamt has automatic access to names, addresses and nationalities of all residents of this city, officials there do not see notifying citizens of their rights - perhaps by sending out the relevant application forms to all entitled - as any part of their remit.
German officials, of course, devoutly believe that their procedure is the only, and correct, one and must therefore apply in all the remaining EU countries. I have no way of verifying this.
This procedure is blatantly discriminatory. Native German citizens entitled to vote will be automatically sent a postcard from the Wahlamt confirming their right to vote, to be presented at the polling station.
HELEN PENELOPE LITTLE