You can vote in elections if you are on the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll). It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered.
You can register if you –
- are 16 or older (although you cannot vote until you are 18) and are not already registered
- you are a British, Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK
- live abroad and have been registered as a UK elector during the last 15 years (you register as an overseas elector and can't vote in local elections)
- are a student living at a different address during term time (students can vote in local elections at both their home and at their term time address if they are in different government areas)
If you move house you need to register again providing your new address details.
What happens next
Once we have processed your voter registration, a confirmation letter is sent to you. An application form is sent separately if you have expressed an interest to vote by post or by proxy. You need to fill this in and send it back to us.
If you are not on the register you might be refused a loan, mobile phone contract or be turned down for a bank account.