The Voters

  • Dick Leonard
  • Roger Mortimore


Any British citizen, citizen of any other Commonwealth country or Irish citizen, over the age of 18 and resident in the United Kingdom, with a very few exceptions, is eligible to vote in all elections in Britain — Parliamentary, local1 and European. Some other categories may vote in some, but not all, British elections: British citizens over the age of 18, but living outside the UK, may vote in Parliamentary and European, but not local, elections, so long as they have been resident in Britain at some time in the past 15 years; citizens of other EU countries (apart from Britain and Ireland) who are resident in the UK may vote in European elections and local elections, but not Parliamentary elections.


Parliamentary Election European Election Plural Vote Eligible Adult Commonwealth Country 
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Notes and References

  1. 13.
    The studies are reported in: P. G. Gray, T. Corlett and Pamela Frankland, The Register of Electors as a Sampling Frame (London: Central Offi ce of Information, 1950);Google Scholar
  2. J. Todd and P. Dodd, The Electoral Registration Process in the UK (London: OPCS, 1982);Google Scholar
  3. S. Smith, Electoral Registration in 1991 (London: OPCS, 1993).Google Scholar
  4. See also J. Todd and B. Butcher, Electoral Registration in 1981 (London: OPCS, 1982)Google Scholar
  5. M. and S. Pinto-Duschinsky, Voter Registration: Problems and Solutions (London: Constitutional Reform Centre, 1987).Google Scholar
  6. 14.
    The extent and electoral effect of poll-tax deregistration are discussed in Jeremy Smith and Iain McLean, ‘The Poll Tax and the Electoral Register’, in Anthony Heath, Roger Jowell and John Curtice with Bridget Taylor (eds), Labour’s Last Chance? (Aldershot: Dartmouth Press, 1994).Google Scholar
  7. 15.
    A detailed breakdown of registration figures for all groups in 1991, calculated by testing the electoral register against the Census, is given in S. Smith, Electoral Registration in 1991 (London: OPCS, 1993).Google Scholar

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