Elections and voting

People power has changed Parliament, achieving fairer representation and equal voting rights

1839 Newport Rising

Find out more about the 1839 Newport Rising & The Chartist Movement

1969 Representation of the People Act

Find out more about the story behind the passing of the 1969 Representation of the People Act that gave the youth, the vote

Women and the vote

Before 1918 no women were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections. In the early 20th century two main groups actively campaigned to give women the vote

Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament

Information and resources about Parliament's Vote 100 project, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 in 2018.


Find out how the long struggle for representative democracy led to the formation of the Chartist movement and eventually, in 1918, the right to vote being extended to all men

Elections and Voting in the 19th Century

Find out about the way election and voting practices changed in the 19th century

Related information

Women and the vote resources

Parliament's Education Service supports young people's understanding of Parliament and the development of democracy. Take a look at Women and the vote resources for schools.

Vote 100

We're celebrating 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. Find out how to get involved.

For schools

Learn how the suffragettes rushed the Palace of Westminster in 1908 via this interactive timeline.