Last Modified June 04, 2013
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 will need to complete voter registration form.
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 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.