Who can vote?

To be able to vote in Bracknell Forest, you need to:

  • be 18 years of age, although you can register from 16
  • normally reside at an address in Bracknell Forest
  • be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union (EU) citizen

EU citizens can vote at local elections and European Parliamentary Elections only. They cannot vote at UK Parliamentary Elections.

If you are a foreign national and wish to check whether you are eligible to register to vote, see the document of eligible nationalities.

Students

Students may register at both their home address and their college or university address. It is not an offence to register twice, but it is an offence to vote more than once in the same election.

Special category electors

Special arrangements apply to the following categories:

British citizens living abroad

British citizens living abroad can vote at UK and European Parliamentary Elections but not local government elections.

If you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, you can apply to be an overseas voter. It is important to note that you must apply to the last council with whom you were registered before moving abroad.

If you were too young to register when you left the UK, your parent or guardian must have been registered.

For more information and to register to vote, visit About My Vote.

Service personnel and their spouse

Service personnel and their spouse have the choice of registering annually as an ordinary voter, or by way of a service declaration. Service declarations last for three years.

For more information and to register to vote, visit About My Vote.

Crown servants or British council employees

Crown servants or British council employees working outside the UK can still register to vote. The spouse of a crown servant or British council employee accompanying them during their employment abroad can also register under these arrangements.

For more information and to register to vote, visit About My Vote.

Homeless people

Homeless people may register at the address or place where they spend a substantial part of their time either during the day or at night.

To register to vote, please download the voter registration forms (paper versions) on the gov.uk website.

Remand prisoners

Remand prisoners may register at the institution where they are currently resident or at the address they would have been resident or have previously lived.

Mental health patients

Mental health patients, either voluntary or detailed (but not those detained for criminal activity) may register at the institution where they are currently resident or at the address they would have been resident or have previously lived.

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