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Registering to vote

Last Modified June 11, 2014
 

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register.

If you are not registered to vote and would like to, then you can now register to vote online. For more information on Individual electoral registration please visit our dedicated page.

The following are allowed to vote:

  • All British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens.
  • Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom.
  • Members of HM Forces and their spouses.
  • Those aged 18 or over.
  • European citizens are allowed to vote in European and local elections only.
  • Overseas electors.
  • Overseas electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European elections only.

 

You can apply to vote by post. Our guidance notes will help you complete your postal vote application.

If you would like to assign someone else to vote on your behalf on polling day, you must complete the application to vote by proxy.

Otherwise, you vote in person and a poll card will be sent to you shortly before an election, unless you have already applied to vote by post.

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