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About voting

Before you can vote in UK elections or referendums you need to register to vote. Your name and address will then appear on the electoral register.

If you are on the electoral register you will receive a poll card a few weeks before the election. You can still vote without a poll card, but it makes things easier if you have it with you.

Your poll card will tell you the opening times and location of your polling station.

You can vote:

Voting ages

You can register to vote when you’re:

  • 16 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • 14 years old in Scotland

You can vote when you’re:

  • 18 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • 16 years old in Scotland

Why vote?

Elections are where you vote for the people who will make the decisions that affect you every day. These could be decisions about local issues such as your bin collection, national issues like healthcare, or global issues like defence. It is important to vote because otherwise your opinion will not be heard.

In the UK, you can choose whether you vote. If you do not vote, you are letting other people make decisions about issues that affect you.

Easy read information

You can find easy information about politics on the Every Vote Counts website. 

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