Eligibility to vote

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

The deadline to register to vote is twelve working days before an election.

There are however different rules as to who may vote at the 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.

UK Parliamentary elections (i.e. Members of Parliament)

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

This means that citizens of the European Union Member States listed below are not entitled to vote at such national elections:

Austria

France

The Netherlands 

Belgium

Germany 

Poland 

Bulgaria

Greece 

Portugal 

Croatia

Hungary 

Romania 

Czech Republic 

Italy 

Slovakia

Denmark 

Latvia

Slovenia

Estonia 

Lithuania

Spain 

Finland

Luxembourg

Sweden

Local government elections (i.e. Enfield Council, Mayor of London, London Assembly)

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 in the table above are entitled to vote at the election of Councillors to the London Borough of Enfield, the election of the London Mayor and the election of Members to the London Assembly.

European Parliamentary elections

British citizens, qualifying Commonwealth citizens** (including Cyprus and Malta) and citizens of the Republic of Ireland are automatically entitled to vote at European Parliamentary elections. 

In addition, citizens of the European Union Member States listed in the table above are also entitled to vote at European Parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom, but must make a separate application to do so (available in European Parliamentary elections years only - a link will be posted here at the appropriate time). 

By doing so, the European Union citizen must renounce his or her voting rights at the same European Parliamentary election in their own Member State.


** "qualifying Commonwealth citizen" means that the applicant must have leave to remain in the United Kingdom or not require such leave, i.e. they must be in the UK legally.