Age limits – voting

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland – you must by law be aged 18 or over on the day of an election in order to vote.

If you live in Scotland – you can vote in Scottish elections when you are 16 or over, and any other UK elections when you are 18 or over.

Wherever you live in the United Kingdom, you can’t vote unless you have first registered to vote.You can do this easily by starting with this page on the UK Government website. You can register from the age of 16 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and from the age of 14 in Scotland.

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