May 2nd Local Election: Know Your Voting Rights

15 March 2019

EU nationals will be able to vote in the May 2nd council elections.

British and British Commonwealth citizens are also eligible to vote. You have to be 18 years old to vote.

Student living away from home, in a different council area?

In general elections, students can vote in their home area OR their university area
In local elections, students can vote in their home area AND their university area
Everyone must be registered to vote at their current address(es):

Register to vote now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - it's quick and easy, you just need your National Insurance Number.

No National Insurance number? Call 0800 141 2075 to get a number, open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (textphone: 0800 141 2438).

Didn't vote

Note:

The voting rights of EU nationals in local elections are written into UK law, and will not automatically expire with Brexit. The UK government has confirmed that there will be no change to voting law before May 2nd.

Sources:

"I am a student living away from home. Where can I register to vote?", Electoral Commission https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/faq/voting-and-registration/i-am-a-student-living-away-from-home.-where-can-i-register-to-vote

"EU nationals will be able to vote in May 2019 local UK elections", Europe Street News, 11 Nov 2018 https://europestreet.news/eu-nationals-to-vote-in-may-2019-local-uk-elections

"Voting rights: EU nationals", Parliamentary question, 11 Jan 2019 https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-08.206378.h