The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Who can register to vote?

Age

In England, Northern Ireland and Wales you can register to vote if you are 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16). However, you can only vote when you become 18.

In Scotland you can register to vote if you are 15 years old (and in some cases if you are 14). You can vote in local elections and elections to the Scottish Parliament when you are 16 and elections to the UK and European Parliaments when you are 18.

Nationality

You qualify to register to vote if you are:

  • a UK citizen
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
  • an EU citizen resident in the UK

A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave.

You can register to vote any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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