Brentwood Borough Council Your Council - Electoral Services - Who Can Register to Vote

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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.

Citizens of EU Member States are also eligible to register to vote in the UK in local elections. The countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, 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 - including details of all the 'qualifying' Commonwealth countries.

Register to vote now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Breadcrumb, my location

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.

Citizens of EU Member States are also eligible to register to vote in the UK in local elections. The countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, 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 - including details of all the 'qualifying' Commonwealth countries.

Register to vote now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.