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I am a permanent...

I am a permanent resident in the UK, but not entitled to vote in general elections. I dont think any EU country allows non-citizens to vote in general elections, and not all in local elections.

written 6th Apr 2005


Iain replies: It is not true that you have to be a British citizen to vote in general elections. Citizens of Commonwealth countries and the Irish Republic who are resident in the UK are eligible to vote in Parliamentary elections. Irish citizens therefore have extra rights over other EU citizens who can only vote in EU and local government elections.

written 7th Apr 2005

C Miller replies: If you are a non-UK EU national, you are allowed to vote in council and EU elections, but not for Westminster. I'm not sure if EU nationals are allowed to vote for the Scottish/NI/Welsh paralments or not.
I'm not sure if non-EU citizizens are allowed to vote for local councils, but I'd imagine that they are.

written 7th Apr 2005

Iain replies: I'm sorry for repeating myself, but the statement that non-UK EU nationals cannot vote for the Westminster Parliament is not totally correct. Irish citizens are allowed to vote in UK general elections (providing they are resident in the UK), and have been since the formation of the Irish Republic. Full franchise information for all UK elections can be found at:

written 7th Apr 2005

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NotApathetic was built so that people who are planning not to vote in the UK General Election on May 5th can tell the world why. We won't try to persuade you that voting is a good or a bad idea - we're just here to record and share your explanations. Whether ideological, practical or other, any reason will do.

A lot of users would like us to mention that if you spoil your ballot paper, it will be counted. So if you want to record a vote for "none of the above", you can.