You need to be registered to vote before you can vote in UK elections or referendums.
You need to show photo ID when voting in person in some elections and referendums in England, Scotland and Wales. Check what types of ID you can use before you go to vote.
There are different rules if you vote in Northern Ireland.
This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
Ways of voting
You can vote:
- in person at a polling station
- by post
- by applying to have someone else vote for you (voting by proxy)
You cannot vote online in any elections.
Eligibility to vote
You can vote when you’re:
- 18 years old in England and Northern Ireland
- 16 years old in Scottish Parliament and local elections (and other elections when you’re 18)
- 16 years old in Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) and local elections (and other elections when you’re 18)
Elections you can vote in
There are different rules on who can vote in different elections and referendums.