Make sure you're registered

Make sure you're registered

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote.

Find out if you're eligible to register and how to apply

Eligibility

The elections you can vote in depend on:

Citizenship

British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens

If you hold British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizenship, you can vote in all elections that take place.

EU citizens

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).

In European Parliament elections, you can either vote in the UK or in your home country. You can’t vote twice. To vote in the UK, you need to:

  • be registered to vote
  • complete a form stating you wish to vote in the UK and not in your home country

After completing the form, you need to send it to your local council.

European Union citizens in Northern Ireland should visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

List of qualifying Commonwealth citizens and EU citizens

Your age

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.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you might be able to register to vote.

18 or olderYou 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, to local councils and to the European Parliament take place across the UK.

Some elections, however, only ever take place in certain areas.

England

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.

ScotlandYou can vote in Scottish Parliament elections.
WalesYou can vote in Welsh Assembly elections, and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Northern IrelandYou 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.

Find out more about voting as a student

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)
  • have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

Now you know which elections you can vote in...

Last updated: 5 November 2019
Next review: 11 September 2020