1. Overview

Before you can vote in UK elections or referendums you need to register to vote. Your name and address will then appear on the electoral register.

You can vote:

You can register to vote when you’re:

  • 16 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • 14 years old in Scotland

You can vote when you’re:

  • 18 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • 16 years old in Scotland

When there’s a local election coming up, you’ll be sent a poll card telling you where and when to vote.

Different elections use different voting systems. You can read more about how voting systems work.