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Who can register to vote?

To be eligible to vote a person must be:

  • Over 16 (but you cannot vote until your 18th birthday)
  • A British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
  • A citizen of the European Union
  • Living at an address in the Ashfield District for at least 6 months of the year

If you're a student living away from home, you can register twice.  Many students don't know that they might be eligible to register to vote at both their home and university addresses, so they'd be able to vote wherever they are at the time of the election.

If you are a member of the armed forces or you are a spouse or civil partner of a member of the armed forces you can also register by going online and complete the online form.

You can also choose to vote by post or by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf) if you cannot get to your polling station to vote in person when you register to vote.

If you are a British citizen living abroad, but you've been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, you can apply to be an overseas voter. If you were too young to register when you left the UK, your parent or guardian must have been registered.

You can vote in UK general elections and European Parliamentary elections but you cannot vote in local government elections.

To register as an Overseas Elector, just go online and complete the online form.

You can also choose to vote by post or by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf) if you won't be in the country to vote in person when you register to vote.

Please note: postal votes are usually sent out around 2 weeks before Election Day, so if you are unable to receive and return a postal vote in time for the close of poll (10pm on Election Day), you should appoint a proxy.