Who Can Register to Vote
All British, Irish Republic and 'qualifying' Commonwealth citizens who are resident at the property are entitled to register to vote. Although 'rising 18s' can register, they will not become eligible to vote until their 18th birthday.
A 'qualifying' Commonwealth citizen is one who does not require leave under the Immigration Act 1971 to enter or remain in the UK. However, if a person has such 'leave to stay' from the Home Office, or has been granted permission by some other enactment, they would be entitled to register. The Electoral Registration Officer may in such circumstances require supporting evidence from an applicant.
European Union citizens of other Member States are also eligible to register in the UK, although their right to vote at both the European Parliamentary and local government elections depends on the form of application made at the time of registration.
Citizens of 28 EU Member States are now eligible to vote in the UK. In addition to the UK and the Republic of Ireland they are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Cyprus and Malta are already Members of the Commonwealth, so full voting rights have always been extended to their citizens living in the UK.
You can find out more about registering to vote on the Electoral Commission's website at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk - including details of all the 'qualifying' Commonwealth countries.
Register to vote now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.