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Who can vote?

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

  • be 18 years of age
  • normally live 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.

Foreign nationals

If you are a foreign national and wish to see if you are eligible to register, please check against the list of eligible nationalities.

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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.

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. 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 Your Vote Matters - overseas.

Service personnel and their spouse

Service personnel and their spouse can register:

  • annually as an ordinary voter
  • by a service declaration (these last 3 years)

For more information and to register to vote, visit Your Vote Matters - service voters.

Crown servants or British Council employees

Crown servants or British Council employees working outside the UK can still register to vote. The spouse accompanying them during their employment abroad can also register under these arrangements.

For more information and to register to vote, visit Your Vote Matters - apply to vote by proxy.

Homeless people

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

To register to vote, please download the paper voter registration forms from GOV.UK.

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 detained (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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