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British Citizens and Voting

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British Citizens who are living in the United Kingdom can vote in all elections.

British citizens living abroad can vote in UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections but cannot vote in local elections or elections to devolved bodies such as the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales or Greater London Authority.

British citizens living abroad for more than 15 years can not vote in UK elections.

Some people may not vote in all or some elections.

Convicted Criminals who are in prison or hospital and some patients held in hospital, under certain provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983, may not vote. Members of the House of Lords may not vote in Elections to the House of Commons.

Follow the links on this page if you are a British Citizen living in special circumstances.

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British Citizens living in Special Circumstances

The Electoral Commission

Electors should check the information on this page with the Electoral Commission or their local Elections Office before acting on it - page last revised May 18