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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

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

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

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

Elections Act changes

If you are a British or eligible Irish citizen living overseas who has previously lived in the UK or been registered to vote in the UK, you can register to vote in UK Parliamentary elections. 

A number of changes to voting from overseas now apply: 

  • You can now register to vote if you previously lived in the UK but were not registered to vote.
  • You can register to vote in the UK no matter how long ago you left or were last registered to vote in the UK.  
  • Your overseas declaration is now valid for three years, lasting until 1 November in the third year after it takes effect (for example, if your declaration takes effect on 1 March 2024, it will expire on 1 November 2026). 
  • You can now register online (not available in Northern Ireland). 

Find out more about voting if you live overseas

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

Answer some questions to find out which elections you can vote in

There are changes to voting for EU citizens living in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. We are currently in the process of updating the tool below with this information. 

Find out more about the changes for EU citizens living in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Answer some questions to find out which elections you can vote in

Citizenship

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.

Commonwealth countries
Antigua and BarbudaAustraliaThe Bahamas
BangladeshBarbadosBelize
BotswanaBrunei DarussalamCameroon
CanadaCyprusDominica
Fiji IslandsGabonGhana
GrenadaGuyanaIndia
JamaicaKenyaKingdom of Eswatini
KiribatiLesothoMalawi
MalaysiaMaldivesMalta
MauritiusMozambiqueNamibia
NauruNew ZealandNigeria
PakistanPapua New GuineaRwanda
St Kitts & NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent & The Grenadines
SamoaSeychellesSierra Leone
SingaporeSolomon IslandsSouth Africa
Sri LankaThe GambiaTogo
TongaTrinidad and TobagoTuvalu
UgandaUnited Republic of TanzaniaVanuatu
ZambiaZimbabwe 

This table doesn't include the UK.

Please note:

  • Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in all elections held in the UK.
  • Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.
British crown dependencies
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands)
British overseas territories
AnguillaBermudaBritish Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Virgin IslandsCayman Islands
Falkland IslandsGibraltarMonserrat
Pitcairn IslandSt Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Sovereign base areas on CyprusTurks and Caicos Islands 
Hong Kong
Former residents of Hong Kong who hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport qualify for registration.

 

The other EU countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Citizenship

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.

Commonwealth countries
Antigua and BarbudaAustraliaThe Bahamas
BangladeshBarbadosBelize
BotswanaBrunei DarussalamCameroon
CanadaCyprusDominica
Fiji IslandsGabonGhana
GrenadaGuyanaIndia
JamaicaKenyaKingdom of Eswatini
KiribatiLesothoMalawi
MalaysiaMaldivesMalta
MauritiusMozambiqueNamibia
NauruNew ZealandNigeria
PakistanPapua New GuineaRwanda
St Kitts & NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent & The Grenadines
SamoaSeychellesSierra Leone
SingaporeSolomon IslandsSouth Africa
Sri LankaThe GambiaTogo
TongaTrinidad and TobagoTuvalu
UgandaUnited Republic of TanzaniaVanuatu
ZambiaZimbabwe 

This table doesn't include the UK.

Please note:

  • Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in all elections held in the UK.
  • Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.
British crown dependencies
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands)
British overseas territories
AnguillaBermudaBritish Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Virgin IslandsCayman Islands
Falkland IslandsGibraltarMonserrat
Pitcairn IslandSt Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Sovereign base areas on CyprusTurks and Caicos Islands 
Hong Kong
Former residents of Hong Kong who hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport qualify for registration.

 

The other EU countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

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.

Citizenship

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.

Commonwealth countries
Antigua and BarbudaAustraliaThe Bahamas
BangladeshBarbadosBelize
BotswanaBrunei DarussalamCameroon
CanadaCyprusDominica
Fiji IslandsGabonGhana
GrenadaGuyanaIndia
JamaicaKenyaKingdom of Eswatini
KiribatiLesothoMalawi
MalaysiaMaldivesMalta
MauritiusMozambiqueNamibia
NauruNew ZealandNigeria
PakistanPapua New GuineaRwanda
St Kitts & NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent & The Grenadines
SamoaSeychellesSierra Leone
SingaporeSolomon IslandsSouth Africa
Sri LankaThe GambiaTogo
TongaTrinidad and TobagoTuvalu
UgandaUnited Republic of TanzaniaVanuatu
ZambiaZimbabwe 

This table doesn't include the UK.

Please note:

  • Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in all elections held in the UK.
  • Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.
British crown dependencies
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands)
British overseas territories
AnguillaBermudaBritish Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Virgin IslandsCayman Islands
Falkland IslandsGibraltarMonserrat
Pitcairn IslandSt Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Sovereign base areas on CyprusTurks and Caicos Islands 
Hong Kong
Former residents of Hong Kong who hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport qualify for registration.

A qualifying foreign national is a citizen of another country who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need such permission. This includes EU citizens.

Citizenship

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.

Commonwealth countries
Antigua and BarbudaAustraliaThe Bahamas
BangladeshBarbadosBelize
BotswanaBrunei DarussalamCameroon
CanadaCyprusDominica
Fiji IslandsGabonGhana
GrenadaGuyanaIndia
JamaicaKenyaKingdom of Eswatini
KiribatiLesothoMalawi
MalaysiaMaldivesMalta
MauritiusMozambiqueNamibia
NauruNew ZealandNigeria
PakistanPapua New GuineaRwanda
St Kitts & NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent & The Grenadines
SamoaSeychellesSierra Leone
SingaporeSolomon IslandsSouth Africa
Sri LankaThe GambiaTogo
TongaTrinidad and TobagoTuvalu
UgandaUnited Republic of TanzaniaVanuatu
ZambiaZimbabwe 

This table doesn't include the UK.

Please note:

  • Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in all elections held in the UK.
  • Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.
British crown dependencies
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands)
British overseas territories
AnguillaBermudaBritish Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Virgin IslandsCayman Islands
Falkland IslandsGibraltarMonserrat
Pitcairn IslandSt Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Sovereign base areas on CyprusTurks and Caicos Islands 
Hong Kong
Former residents of Hong Kong who hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport qualify for registration.

The other EU countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Voting as a student

Being registered at both your home address and your term-time addresses doesn't necessarily mean you get two votes.

You will need to choose one address and vote in only that area when you're voting in:

  • UK Parliament elections
  • Senedd elections
  • UK referendums

You can't vote at both your term-time address and your home address at these elections. Voting in more than one location is a criminal offence. 

For other elections you can vote at both your term-time and your home address.

You can choose to vote in either or both areas (as long as the addresses are in different council areas) when you're voting in:

  • Local council elections in Wales
  • Police and Crime commissioner elections 

Make sure you understand the rules for the election you are voting in.

Find out more about voting as a student

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