Eligibility to vote at different types of elections

To be able to vote in elections in the United Kingdom, you first need to be registered.

See Electoral register for information on registering to vote.

The deadline to register for voting is eleven working days before an election.

There are however different rules about who can vote at different types of election. In all cases, voters must be aged 18 or over on the day of the election and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote, e.g. barred by the courts from voting.

Who can vote in UK Parliamentary elections?

British citizens, qualifying Commonwealth citizens (including Cyprus and Malta) and citizens of the Republic of Ireland are entitled to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

Citizens of European Union member states (listed below) are not entitled to vote at such national elections.

European Union member states are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Who can vote in local government elections?

British citizens (except those registered as overseas electors), qualifying Commonwealth citizens, citizens of the Republic of Ireland and citizens of the European Union member states listed above, are entitled to vote for councillors to the London Borough of Bexley, the election of the London Mayor and the election of Members to the London Assembly.

Citizens of  European Union member states may also vote at European Parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom. However, they must make a separate application to do so. They must also renounce voting rights in their own member state for the same European Parliamentary election.