23 May 2013
Electoral Information for young people
- An elector who is not yet 18 years of age must be shown on the electoral register along with the date on which they will turn 18. Those electors appearing on the register in such a case are called attainers as they are about to attain voting age.
- The details of all known attainers must be included on any canvass form sent to a household. The date of birth for all 16- and 17-year-olds must be provided on the annual canvass form. Although not all 16-year-olds will be eligible to be registered, the provision of this information will allow Electoral Registration Officers to determine who is eligible to register and who is not.
- The minimum voting age is 18 years and anyone who will reach the age of 18 on or before the day of a poll is entitled to vote at that election if they are included on the relevant register of electors and not subject to any legal incapacity to vote.
- A person can be included on the register before their eighteenth birthday so that they may vote as soon as they attain the age of 18 years.
Students often live at two different addresses, one during term time and one during the holidays. Students may be entitled to register in respect of both addresses where they are considered to have their home at both places.