Last modified July 29, 2015 by Anthony

Who can vote

It is worth knowing that although 7th May is the date of the general election, there will also be local and mayoral elections elections running alongside that different people can vote in. If you are unsure if a local election is happening in your area, you should check with your Electoral Registration Office or search for details on your local authority website. Alternately, if you live in England, you can view this list compiled by the Electoral Commission [please note it opens an .xsl file].

To register and vote in the general election (for members of Parliament) you be:

  • 18 years old on 7th May (polling day)*
  • A British citizen
  • A qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

To register to vote in local council elections (e.g. for councillors) you must be at least one of the following:

  • 18 years old on 7th May (polling day)*
  • A British citizen
  • An EU citizen resident in the UK (including students)
  • A qualifying Commonwealth or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

* = You must be 18 years old by polling day to vote in elections, although you can register from the age of 17.

If you are unsure whether your nationality allows you to register to vote in the UK, you can check on this list.

You are currently not allowed to vote if you meet the criteria, but:

  • You have been convicted of a crime and are currently serving time in prison
  • You have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.