Register to vote deadline

Register to vote by 26 November

The deadline to register to vote in the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December has now passed.

Overseas voters

If you are a UK citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.

Which elections and referendums can I vote in?

If you are registered as an overseas voter, you can vote in the following elections in the UK:

Who can register as an overseas voter?

If you are a UK citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.

You must have been registered to vote as a resident in the UK in the last 15 years and be eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.

If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter. You can do this if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, as long as you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.

How can I register to vote?

You can register to vote online in the same way as all other voters in the United Kingdom. Register now

Anyone registering as an overseas elector in Northern Ireland cannot register online. However, you can complete a paper application form and return it to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

How can I vote?

If you are an overseas voter registered in England, Scotland or Wales, you can choose your method of voting depending on your personal circumstances.

If you are an overseas voter registered in Northern Ireland, you will need to appoint someone to vote on your behalf as postal votes cannot be sent outside the UK. You can vote in person if you will be at home on polling day. For more information visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

Voting by post

If you are registered as an overseas voter, you can apply to vote by post. You need to make sure you have time to receive and return your ballot papers by polling day. If you don't think you can return them in time, you may want to consider voting by proxy.

To check when postal votes are being sent out contact the local authority of the address you are registered to.

Overseas voters registered in Northern Ireland cannot vote by post as postal votes cannot be sent outside the UK.

Find out more about voting by post

Voting by proxy

If you are registered as an overseas voter, you can apply to vote by proxy. This means you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf. Both you and the person you appoint as your proxy must be registered under the new system.

Find out more about voting by proxy and postal proxy

Voting in person

If you happen to be in the UK on election day, you can always vote in person at the polling station allocated to the address in the UK for which you qualified to be registered as an overseas elector.

However, if you have appointed a proxy you can only do this if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf. If you have a postal vote, you cannot be issued with a ballot paper in the polling station but you can hand in your completed postal ballot at the polling station.

Overseas voter survey

We’ll be reporting on the administration of the 12 December  UK Parliamentary general election and would like your feedback about your experience as an overseas voter.

Please complete fill in this short survey to share your views with us.
 
This survey is confidential but the feedback you provide may be used anonymously in our reports after the election. It will help us make recommendations to improve the running of the elections in the UK, and to improve the experience of overseas voters. It will not be possible to identify any individual in our reports. 

We are not able to respond directly to issues raised via this questionnaire.
 

Last updated: 27 November 2019
Next review: 11 September 2020