Make sure you're registered
Make sure you're registered
To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote.
British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens
If you hold British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizenship, you can vote in all elections that take place.
If you hold EU citizenship (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), you can vote in all elections that take place, apart from elections to the UK Parliament (Westminster).
Qualifying foreign citizens
If you are a qualifying foreign citizen living in Wales, you can vote in Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament elections.
If you are a qualifying foreign citizen living in Scotland, you can Scottish Parliament and council elections.
List of qualifying Commonwealth citizens and EU citizens
The definition of a 'Commonwealth' citizen includes citizens of British Crown dependencies and British overseas territories. A 'qualifying' Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who doesn't require that leave.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Australia||The Bahamas|
|Nigeria||Pakistan||Papua New Guinea|
|Rwanda||St Kitts & Nevis||St Lucia|
|St Vincent & The Grenadies||Samoa||Seychelles|
|Sierra Leone||Singapore||Solomon Islands|
|South Africa||Sri Lanka||The Gambia|
|Tonga||Trinidad and Tobago||Tuvalu|
|Uganda||United Republic of Tanzania||Vanuatu|
This table doesn't include the UK.
|British crown dependencies|
|Isle of Man|
|The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands)|
|British overseas territories|
|Anguilla||Bermuda||British Antarctic Territory|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||British Virgin Islands||Cayman Islands|
|Pitcairn Island||St Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)||South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands|
|Sovereign base areas on Cyprus||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Former residents of Hong Kong who hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport qualify for registration.|
- 1. a. b. Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in all elections held in the UK.↩Back to content
- 2. a. b. Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.↩Back to content
An "EU citizen" is someone with citizenship of one of these EU member states.
A qualifying foreign citizen is a citizen of another country who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need such permission.
As well as your citizenship, you also have to be a certain age to vote in elections. The qualifying age depends on the election.
|15 or younger|
You're not able to vote in any UK elections.
However, you might be able to register to vote.
|16 or 17|
If you live in Scotland, you can vote in Scottish Parliament elections and local elections.
If you live in Wales, you can vote in Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament elections.
In England and Northern Ireland, you might be able to register to vote.
|18 or older||You can vote in any elections.|
Where you live
If you hold a qualifying citizenship and are old enough, you can vote in elections taking place where you live.
Living in the UK
Elections to the UK Parliament and to local councils take place across the UK.
Some elections, however, only ever take place in certain areas.
If you live in London, you can vote in elections to the London Assembly and for the Mayor of London.
In some parts of England, you can also vote for your Police and Crime Commissioner, and for your Mayor.
|Scotland||You can vote in Scottish Parliament elections.|
|Wales||You can vote in Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament elections, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.|
|Northern Ireland||You can vote in Northern Ireland Assembly elections.|
Find out more about registering to vote and voting if you:
Voting as a student
Voting as a student
If you're a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home address and your term-time address.
You can't vote at both your home address and your term-time address in a national poll, even if the addresses are in different areas of the country.
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Find the electoral services team at your local council and polling station information
Who can't vote
You will not be able to vote if you:
- are a convicted person detained in pursuance of your sentence, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register).However, if you are normally resident in Scotland and are serving a combined sentence of 12 months or less anywhere in the UK, you are eligible to register and vote Scottish Parliament elections and council elections in Scotland
- have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election