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Elections - Who can vote?

Who can vote in UK and Local Elections

As a citizen of Britain, the Commonwealth or the Irish Republic who is 18 years or over and registered to vote:

  • You can vote at the Local Government Elections (Essex County Council, Basildon Borough and Town and Parish Council Elections)
  • You can vote at the UK Parliamentary Elections
  • You can vote at the European Parliamentary Elections
  • You can vote at the Police and Crime Commissioner Election

As a citizen of Britain, living abroad and who is 18 years or over and registered to vote:

  • You can vote at the UK Parliamentary Elections
  • You can vote at the European Parliamentary Elections

Citizens of other European Union (EU) countries can vote in Local Government and European Parliamentary elections.

Please note:

  • Citizens of EU countries, other than the UK and Irish Republic, cannot vote in UK Parliamentary Elections.
  • Citizens of EU countries, other than the UK and Irish Republic, must fill in a separate form to vote in European Parliamentary elections.
  • Members of the armed forces can register using a standard registration form or as a service voter.
  • Homeless people, remand prisoners and residents of residential psychiatric units can register as having a local connection.
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