Who is eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote in national and/or local elections if you are:
- a British citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth country citizen
- a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
- a citizen of another European Union country
- a citizen of a British overseas territories
The Electoral Commission tells you more about who can register to vote.
Registering for Council Tax or any other council service does not automatically register you to vote. You must be on the register of electors to be entitled to vote.
Understanding the register of electors
The register of electors determines who may vote. The register is updated throughout the year as residents come and go, but once every year each household is required to confirm the details held by the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO).
The register is also used by credit reference agencies when people apply for credit. If you are not registered to vote it may affect any future applications you make for a mortgage, credit facilities, opening a bank account or even purchasing a mobile telephone.