Voting Rights: Immigration

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

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.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

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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