Am I eligible to vote?

1. General eligibility

You must be 21 years or over to vote in Malaysian elections. You must be a Malaysian citizen without holding the citizenship of any other country.

You musn't hold a citizenship with another country alongside your Malaysian citizenship (dual citizenship). This is not allowed under the Malaysian constitution.

If you're currently serving time in prison or convicted of a crime, you're not eligible to vote until your prison sentence is served. 

2. Registering to vote overseas

As an absentee voter staying abroad, you can only register to vote if you're a:

  • government servant working with a local authority, state or federal government
  • full-time student
  • military personnel

Spouses of anyone who works in these occupations are also allowed to register to vote as an absentee voter.

You must have spent at least 30 non-consecutive days in Malaysia within the last 5 years.

3. Postal voting

This is an option if you're not eligible to register as an overseas voter. You can request for postal voting:

  • once your name appears on the electoral roll
  • registrations for postal ballots open

If you have already registered to vote either in Malaysia, you're eligible to vote by post.

You must have spent at least 30 non-consecutive days in Malaysia within the last 5 years.

You must not be residing in:

  • southern Thailand
  • Kalimantan
  • Singapore
  • Brunei

In these countries, you are expected to return to Malaysia and vote locally.


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