18 Nov 2019
Mental health patients and service users can have their say too. You can register to vote if you are 18 years old or over, and:
- a UK or Irish citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK
- EU citizens living in the UK can register to vote in local elections but they are not eligible to vote in General Elections
Most patients in the community can vote
- Voluntary patients in mental health hospitals can vote
- Patients under civil sections, such as section 2 and 3 of the Mental Health Act (MHA), can vote
- Patients on a Community Treatment Order (CTO) can vote.
- Patients who lack capacity can vote
- Patients who are homeless, of no fixed abode or in B&B accommodation can vote
- Prisoners remanded to hospital under the Mental Health Act (MHA) on Sections 35, 36 or 48 can vote.
Who cannot vote?
Patients detained after having been convicted of committing a criminal offence and been ordered to hospital by the Courts cannot vote.
How do I register to vote?
To vote you must be on the electoral register. You can register to vote online or by post.
Hurry up – the last day to register to vote is:
- In person on 26 November 2019 by 11.59pm
- By post on 26 November 2019 by 5pm
- By proxy* on 4 December by 5pm
- *Voting by proxy means that if you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you. They must go to your polling station to cast your vote.