Young Voters

If you are 16 years of age on or before polling day – Thursday 23 September 2021 – and have lived in the Island for the last 12 months you can register to vote in Isle of Man elections.

The Isle of Man was the first country in Western Europe to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in national elections. This is different to the UK where you have to be 18 to vote.

Please note that if you are studying at university in the UK or further afield you can still register to vote in the Isle of Man. You can then apply to cast a postal ballot if you are unable to vote in person.

Why vote?

Voting is a way to make your voice heard and to choose who you think will represent your interests.

Political decisions have a direct impact on your life and MHKs will consider new laws and policies on important issues including your education, work prospects and university support, as well as topics such as climate change.

Further information is available on the Government website and from Island High Schools and from University College Isle of Man.

Braille copies of the Guidance for Young Voters are available on request, please email