What must be included in an application from an overseas elector? (Pre commencement of Elections Act measures)

What must be included in an application from an overseas elector? (Pre commencement of Elections Act measures)

An application to register as an overseas elector must contain all of the following:1  

  • the applicant’s full name
  • the last UK address at which they were registered
  • a correspondence address 
  • any address where they have ceased to reside in the 12 months prior to the date of the application and, where that address is not in the UK, an indication of whether they were registered as an overseas elector during this period
  • an indication of whether they are resident at any other address, including any address where they are currently registered and claim to be entitled to remain registered
  • the applicant’s date of birth or, if unable to provide this information, the reason why they are unable to do so and a statement as to whether the applicant is under 18 years old or aged 76 or over  
  • the applicant’s National Insurance number or, if they are not able to provide this, the reason they are not able to do so
  • an indication of whether their name should be omitted from the edited register
  • a declaration that the contents of the application are true
  • the date of the application
  • the appropriate declaration

If an overseas applicant changed their name before their details last appeared on an electoral register in the UK, they may also provide their previous name, but this is not mandatory. However, it may help in verifying their identity and the application form must provide space for the applicant to provide this information if they wish. 

The declaration must be dated and must state:2  

  • the applicant’s full name and present address
  • their previous name, and the reason for the change, if they changed their name since they last appeared on an electoral register in the UK
  • that they are a British citizen
  • that they are not resident in the UK on the relevant date
  • the date when they ceased to be resident in the UK or, in the case of a person relying on registration in pursuance of a service declaration, when they ceased to have a service qualification or, if later, ceased to be so resident
  • which of the two sets of conditions to qualify as an overseas elector apply – and the additional appropriate details for each as set out in the table below 
First set of conditionsAdditional details required

Applicant previously registered in the UK

 

 

 

 

- The address in the UK at which they were registered

- If they were last registered in pursuance of a service or other declaration, rather than actual residence at the address and no longer had connection with the address at the time at which they were so registered, a statement that they were so registered

- If their name has changed since they were last registered in respect of the address, the name under which they had last previously registered and the reason for the name change

 

Second set of conditionsAdditional details required

Applicant too young to be registered at the time they left the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Their date of birth

- The address in the UK at which they were resident

- The name of the parent or guardian on whose registration in respect of that address they rely

- Whether the person named was a parent or guardian

- If the applicant has not on a previous occasion made an overseas elector's declaration following which they were registered, the applicant’s birth certificate must be sent together with the declaration. The birth certificate must contain the applicant’s date of birth and the names of either or both of the parents 

- Where the applicant’s name on their birth certificate (if required to be submitted) is not the same as their name as given in the declaration, the reason for the change of name. 

- Where the applicant is required to provide their birth certificate and they rely on the registration of either a parent whose name in the register is not the same as the name of that parent as given in either the applicant’s birth certificate or in the declaration or a guardian whose name in the register is not the same as the name of that guardian as given in the declaration, the name of the parent or guardian as given in the register and, where known, the reason for the change or, as the case may be, changes of name or, where such reason (or reasons) is not known, a statement to that effect

  • if they were previously registered as an overseas elector and have not, since being so registered, been registered in such a register by virtue of being resident or treated for the purposes of registration as resident at an address in the United Kingdom, a statement of those facts and indicate when they were last registered as an overseas elector
  • if they have never made an overseas declaration before or if they have not made such a declaration since being registered by virtue of being resident or treated for the purposes of registration as resident at an address in the United Kingdom:
    • if they have a British passport which describes their national status as ‘British citizen’, the number, date and place of issue of that passport
    • if they do not have such a passport, but were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, that fact
    • if they do not have such a passport and were not born in the UK before 1 January 1983, a statement of when and how they acquired British citizenship, together with the date, place and country of their birth

Depending on which of the two sets of conditions to qualify as an overseas elector apply, the additional details outlined in the table above are also required.

A declaration may not specify more than one UK address.3  Where more than one declaration bearing the same date is made specifying different addresses in the UK, the declarations will be void.

Diweddarwyd ddiwethaf: 14 Rhagfyr 2023