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Voting Rights: Immigration

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 79434, tabled on 22 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of updating the Elections Bill 2021-22 to extend full voting rights to all UK residents after a qualifying period of residency.

Answered on

25 November 2021

The Government has no intention of extending full voting rights to all UK residents after a qualifying period of residency. Citizenship restrictions are the norm for participating in national elections in most democracies, including the UK.

The right to vote in UK Parliamentary elections is restricted to British citizens and those with the closest historic links to our country.

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