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|
|Cameroon||Namibia||Trinidad & Tobago|
|The Gambia||Pakistan||Western Samoa|
|Ghana||Papua New Guinea||Zambia|
|Guyana||St Christopher & Nevis|
British Dependent Territories, including Bermuda, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.
European Union Countries (not for UK parliamentary elections)
|Czech Republic||The Netherlands|
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.