Who can register to vote?

Who can register to vote?

Information about eligible nationalites, residence and age

Age

Everyone eligible over the age of 18 can vote and must register. 16/17 can register so they can vote immediately after their 18th birthday.

Residence

People can register ONLY  for the address where they are living. If you change your address you can now re-register as soon as you move. Special rules apply for students and people with more than one home.

Nationality/ Citizenship

Only British, Commonwealth, Irish and European Union citizens are allowed to vote. This is the list of countries whose citizens are allowed to vote in this country.

Important - if you are the citizen of a country NOT listed below you CANNOT  vote - even if you are allowed to live in this country.

United Kingdom 
Republic of Ireland
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brunei
Canada
Cameroon
Cyprus
Dominica
Fiji
The Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana

India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
St Christopher & Nevis

St Lucia
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Swaziland
Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Western Samoa
Zambia
Zimbabwe

British Dependent Territories, including Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.

European Union Countries (not for UK parliamentary elections)

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary

Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden

Hong Kong

At the ‘handover’ to China, some Hong Kong residents became British Citizens or British Nationals (overseas) and can register to vote. Those who became citizens of the Peoples Republic of China cannot register. 

Page last updated: 25/09/2013