Voting in elections
Whatever your political views, it’s important that you register to vote and then exercise your right to vote at all elections.
You can now register to vote (link opens in new window) through the GOV.UK website. You need to register to vote in council and general elections.
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
- UK, Republic of Ireland or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such leave
- a citizen of a European Union country living in the UK
- a citizen of the Channel islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK
More details on the election process and the electoral register can be found on our website.