Eligibility to vote


You can register to vote if you are: 

  • aged 14 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 16 in Senedd elections and 18 in other elections) and 
  • a British citizen , an Irish citizen , Commonwealth citizen
  • European Union citizen or foreign citizen who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who does not require such leave

Find out which countries are eligible to vote in UK elections.

Under current legislation, marriage to a British citizen or a grant of permanent residence in the UK does not give you British citizenship, and does not give you the right to vote in UK elections.

For more information regarding Citizenship please visit the Border and Immigration Agency website.