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The Scottish Parliament and law making
The Scottish Parliament and law making

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4.3 Who can vote in a UK general election?

To vote in a UK general election you must be registered to vote and also

  • be 18 or over, and
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, and
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

Voters cast their single vote for a constituency MP.

There are restrictions as to who can vote in a UK General election. The following individuals cannot vote (although they can vote at elections to local authorities):

  • Members of the House of Lords.
  • EU citizens resident in the UK.
  • Anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens.
  • Convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences (though remand prisoners, un-convicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register).
  • Anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.