1. Overview

You must register to vote before you can vote in UK elections or referendums.

You can register to vote when you’re:

  • 16 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (and vote when you’re 18)
  • 14 years old in Scotland (and vote in Scottish elections when you’re 16 and other elections when you’re 18)

After you’ve registered, your name and address will appear on the electoral register.

Ways to vote

You can vote:

Elections you can vote in

Different elections have different rules on who can vote.