About voting

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
  • A UK, Republic of Ireland or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.  Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such leave.
  • A citizen of a European Union country living in the UK
  • A citizen of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK

Here 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.

How do I vote?

In the UK, there are three different ways you can vote.

Most people vote in person at a polling station.

However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).

How you vote is up to you.

UK parliamentary general election 2015

The next UK Parliamentary general election takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Your vote matters, make sure you’re in

If you want to have your say at the general election, you must be registered to vote.

Register to vote in England, Scotland or WalesYou can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Register to vote in Northern Ireland

Visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website to download a registration form.


Find out more about voting by visiting http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/


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