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Check if I am eligible to register

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To be entitled to register to vote in Glasgow you must live within the city and be aged 16 or over. You can register to vote from 15 years of age and your details will be added to the register from the date you become eligible, usually your 16th birthday.

You will not be able to vote until you become eligible which depends on the type of election.

In order to vote in an election you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your name must be on the Electoral Register

  • You must be 16 or over for Scottish Elections and 18 or over for UK Elections

  • You must be a British, Irish or European Union citizen. 

  • Or a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK.

  • You must not be legally incapable of voting.

Citizens of the European Union and Peers have restricted voting rights.  

Overseas Electors

If you are a British citizen living overseas you can vote in UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections only.

To qualify as an overseas elector you had to be registered to vote in the UK within the previous 15 years (or, in some cases, if you were too young to have registered when you left the UK).

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need to provide the address you were last registered to vote in the UK when completing your application.

Armed Forces, British Council Employee and Crown Servants

If you are a member of armed forces, British Council Employee, Crown Servant or their spouse or civil partner you are eligible to vote in all elections.

There are separate registration services for public servants posted overseas. Please choose the relevant link to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are resident outside the UK and are applying for a postal vote prior to an election, it is important to check the key election dates on our election page. This will provide the issue dates for postal ballot packs. Please check to ensure you will be able to receive and return your application on time.

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