Who can register as a Crown servant

You can register as a Crown servant voter if you are likely to be posted abroad as:

  • a Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service)
  • a British Council employee
  • the spouse or civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee

In Scotland, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a Crown servant is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Scotland or would be living in Scotland if their parent or guardian were not based overseas.

They will not be able to vote in Scottish Parliamentary or local government elections until they are 16 or in UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary elections until they are 18.

In Wales, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a Crown servant is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Wales or would be living in Wales if their parent or guardian were not based overseas.

They will not be able to vote in Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament elections until they are 16 or in UK Parliamentary, local council or Police and Crime Commissioner elections until they are 18.

Register to vote

You can register as a Crown servant online.

You’ll need your National Insurance number, if you have one. You’ll also need your payroll or staff ID number (usually found on your payslip).

Register to vote as a Crown servant
 

Casting your vote

Voting by proxy 

If you're abroad or can't vote in person, you can apply to vote by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).

Apply for a proxy vote

Voting by post

Postal votes may only be sent out about a week before election day. If you are living abroad, it may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as there may not be enough time for your postal vote to reach you and be sent back before voting closes.

Apply for a postal vote
 

Last updated: 7 July 2020
Next review: 21 November 2020