I'm a migrant, can I vote?
Migrants who have naturalized and become citizens are given the right to vote, but it doesn't stop there!
Some migrants who do not have citizenship also have voting rights (For those over the age of 18).
If a migrant who is a resident of the UK is from a Commonwealth country or an EU citizen they are eligible to register to vote in some or all UK elections.
However if you are a refugee, asylum seeker, economic migrant, with temporary visa, leave or indefinite leave to remain, not from the Commonwealth and not a UK citizen you will not be able to vote.
Who can vote?
Commonwealth citizen: UK parliament general elections, local government elections, European elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections *
Citizen of the Irish Republic: General elections, local government elections, European elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections
EU citizen living in the UK: Local government elections, European elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections**
To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must be resident in the UK and either have leave to enter or remain in the UK or not require such leave.
** EU citizens can vote either in their 'home' country, or the EU country in which they are currently living. They cannot vote in both.
How do I register to vote?
To be able to vote you will need to complete an Electoral Registration form.
This will be sent to you in the post but can also be found online at:
You can vote at a polling station
You can vote by post
You can vote by proxy (someone can vote on your behalf)
Thursday 8th June 2017 dates to remember
22 May Deadline for applications for registration
23 May Deadline to apply for postal voting
31 May Deadline to apply for proxy voting
7 June Postal voting must arrive before 8th of June
8 June Election Day
Where can I find out more information?
How to register to vote www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Citizenship and criteria www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/voting
Information on the electoral process www.electoralcommission.org.uk/
Information on Scottish Referendum www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/referendum_scotland.aspx
Information on Electoral process in Scotland www.electoralcommission.org.uk/scotland
Voting and citizenship information www.citizensadvice.org.uk/lgovernment-and-voting/voting-procedures
Which category do I fall under?
Look for your country of origin in the list below to confirm which category you fall under:
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Kitts & Nevis
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
United Republic of Tanzania
British Overseas Territories
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
European Union countries
British Crown Dependencies
Isle of Man, The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands).
*Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in respect of all elections held in the UK.
**Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.