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Registering to Vote

This is the section where we aim to answer your questions concerning who can register to vote, what category of elector you need to register as and how to register.

Entitlement is based on nationality, age and residence. People can register to vote if they are:

  • British citizens
  • Qualifying Commonwealth citizens (this means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to enter or remain in the UK or do not require such leave)
  • Citizens of the Irish Republic
  • Citizens of other European Union member states

If you qualify under one of the above you must also be 16 years of age or older, although you must be 18 or older to vote, and have an address at which you are resident.

Entitlement to registration is no longer based on a fixed annual qualifying date. With the introduction of "rolling registration" applications can now be made at any time of the year, the only stipulation being that you are resident on the date of your application.

Special provision has been made to allow certain groups to register even though they may live or work overseas, or have no permanent address at which to register. These are known as special category electors.

You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote