General Election 2017

Know Your Voting Rights

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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:

 www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote/electoral_registration_applica.aspx
     
How can I vote?

    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?

    Who can vote                                                        www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/who-can-register-to-vote

    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:

Commonwealth countries

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Cameroon
Canada
Cyprus*
Dominica
Fiji Islands**
The Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India  
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta*
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia 
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Samoa
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Swaziland
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
United Republic of Tanzania
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe**


British Overseas Territories
Anguilla
Bermuda
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Falkland Islands
Gibraltar
Montserrat
Pitcairn Island

European Union countries
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy    Latvia
Lithuania
Luxemburg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

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.   


  

 

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