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Overseas electors

If you are a UK citizen living abroad you can register to vote for UK Parliamentary General Elections if you have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. As part of your application you will be asked the address where you were last registered to vote and it will be in that area where your vote will be counted.

Registering to Vote as an Overseas Elector

You can register to vote online the same way an elector in the UK does. The only difference being that an overseas elector must include their passport details.

An overseas registration lasts for a year so should be renewed annually by re-registering to vote online.

When you register to vote, by default you will vote at a polling station, until you complete a second application form to inform us which method you wish to vote by.

How can you vote from overseas?

  • Proxy Voting If you are not based in the UK you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.  As an overseas elector we would advise that you apply to vote by proxy if possible. Your appointed proxy has to attend the polling station you were last registered to vote at, so make sure that the person you appoint is familiar with where you would have previously voted. 
  • Postal vote If you are registered as an overseas elector you can apply to vote by post. You will need to make sure you have time to receive and return your ballot papers by polling day. If your have opted to vote by postal vote and it does not arrive in time or gets lost in the post, you cannot then change your method of voting. By law, all postal votes must be posted out, we are not allowed to email them to electors.

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