Who can register to vote?
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 years old or over and a British citizen or an Irish,
qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident
in the UK
If you are 16 or 17, you can only register if you will be 18
within the lifetime of the electoral register. You cannot vote
until you are 18.
Below is a full list of Commonwealth and European Union
countries. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, and
resident in the UK, you are eligible to register to vote in UK
elections. To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must be resident
in the UK and either have leave to enter or remain in the UK or not
require such leave. The definition of a 'Commonwealth citizen'
includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British
Citizens of the European Union (who are not
Commonwealth citizens or Citizens of the Republic of Ireland) can
vote in European and local elections in the UK, elections to the
Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies (if
they live in those areas) and some referendums (based on the rules
for the particular referendum) but are not able to vote in UK
Parliamentary general elections.
European Union countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Kitts & Nevis
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
United Republic of Tanzania
British Overseas Territories
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
St Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Sovereign base areas on Cyprus
Turks and Caicos Islands
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands (including Jersey,
Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel
*Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta
are eligible to be registered to vote in respect of all
elections held in the UK.
**Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights
despite the countries having been suspended from the
United Kingdom General Election 2015
The 2015 United Kingdom General Election will take place on 7 May 2015.