Who can register to vote

Overview

To be eligible to register to vote, you must be:

  • Over 18, or reach the age of 18 during the period in which the register is in operation (from 1 December each year to 30 November in the following year)
  • A British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of the European Union. View eligible countries
  • Resident in the borough

Citizens of Britain, the Republic of Ireland and qualifying Commonwealth citizens who are living in the UK can vote in all elections. British Citizens who have been living overseas for less than 15 years can vote for in the UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections.

Citizens of European Union member states (excluding the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the borough are only entitled to register and vote at local elections (county, borough and parish) and European Parliamentary elections.

As an EU citizen resident in the UK (except those with British, Irish, Maltese or Cypriot citizenship) wishing to vote in the European elections, you will need to complete a European Parliament voter registration form, in which you will need to declare that you are going to vote in the European election in the UK only, rather than in your home country. 

We will send this form to you automatically prior to each European election as the declaration is only valid for one year. If you have not received this form one month prior to the European parliamentary election please contact us and we will send the form to you.

You may be asked to produce evidence to support any information you give.

There are also separate arrangements for the following voters: 

  • Members of HM Armed Forces
  • Crown Servants (that is, those working for British Government) living abroad
  • Overseas electors (British citizens living abroad)
  • People with no fixed address in the area who can register by means of a 'declaration of local connection'
  • Patients in mental hospitals
  • Prisoners on remand

Last updated: 06/04/2016 16:23

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