Who can register to vote?

Information about eligible nationalities, residence and age.


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


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.


Only British, Commonwealth, Irish and European Union citizens are allowed to vote.

See the list of countries below whose citizens are allowed to vote in this country. 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 India St Lucia
Republic of Ireland Jamaica St Vincent & the Grenadines
Antigua & Barbuda Kenya Seychelles
Australia Kiribati Sierra Leone
The Bahamas Lesotho Singapore
Bangladesh Malawi Solomon Islands
Barbados Malaysia South Africa
Belize Maldives Sri Lanka
Botswana Malta Swaziland
Brunei Mauritius Tanzania
Canada Mozambique Tonga
Cameroon Namibia Trinidad & Tobago
Cyprus Nauru Tuvalu
Dominica New Zealand Uganda
Fiji Nigeria Vanuatu
The Gambia Pakistan Western Samoa
Ghana Papua New Guinea Zambia
Grenada Rwanda Zimbabwe
Guyana St Christopher & Nevis  

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

European Union Countries (not for UK parliamentary elections)

Austria Italy
Belgium Latvia
Bulgaria Lithuania
Croatia Luxembourg
Czech Republic The Netherlands
Denmark Poland
Estonia Portugal
Finland Romania
France Slovakia
Germany Slovenia
Greece Spain
Hungary 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 People's Republic of China cannot register.