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Which elections can I vote in?

There are different types of elections in the UK, but remember, you can only vote in elections if your name is on the electoral register.

Local Government elections

A person can vote in local government elections if they are:

A person cannot vote in local government elections if they are:

  • A British citizen living abroad and are registered as an overseas elector

UK Parliamentary general elections

A person can vote in UK parliamentary general election if they are:

  • be 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

At a general election, the following cannot vote:

  • anyone under 18 years old
  • members of the House of Lords, who can vote at elections to local authorities, devolved legislatures and the European Parliament
  • EU citizens resident in the UK
  • citizens of any country apart from the UK, Irish Republic, and Commonwealth countries
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences (though remand, unconvicted and civil prisoners can vote)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election
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