Overseas voting: resources for friends and family

Introduction

There are changes to voting for British and eligible Irish citizens living overseas from 16 January 2024.

These include:

  • People living overseas can now register to vote in the UK no matter how long ago they left or were last registered to vote in the UK. 
  • Overseas declarations are now valid for three years, lasting until 1 November in the third year after it takes effect (for example, if your declaration takes effect on 1 March 2024, it will expire on 1 November 2026).
  • People living overseas can now register online (not available in Northern Ireland).

We recommend not sharing the resources below with the public before 16 January 2024.

Download our resources

We have produced a range of resources to help local authorities, Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) and other partners communicate these changes to residents who may have friends or family living abroad who will now be eligible to vote in UK Parliament elections. 

These include posters, a flyer, social media graphics and template posts, web banners, email signatures, template web and newsletter copy and a Press FAQ. 

Email signature

The email signature can be used by partners to signpost voters to more information through their email correspondence. 

Overseas Voting Changes – Email Signature - England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Overseas Voting Changes – Email Signature – Wales

FAQ 

The FAQ can be used by partners to provide answers to common questions voters may have about these changes. 

Overseas Voting Changes – FAQ – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Overseas Voting Changes – FAQ – Wales

Posters and A5 Flyer

The posters and flyer summarise these changes, and are available in two formats:

  • ‘Professional print’, containing crop marks and bleed
  • Web-accessible pdf, for viewing online 

Overseas Voting Changes – Posters and Flyer – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Overseas Voting Changes – Posters and Flyer – Wales

Press release 

The press release can be used by local authorities to help raise awareness of these changes through their local press.

Overseas Voting Changes – Press Release – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Overseas Voting Changes – Press Release – Wales

Social media graphics and template posts

The social media graphics are accompanied by a range of template posts partners can use to announce these changes on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.

Overseas Voting Changes – Social Media Graphics and Posts – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Overseas Voting Changes – Social Media Graphics and Posts – Wales

Web banners

The web banners contain a generic message announcing these changes. They can be displayed on council and ERO websites to help make residents aware and signpost them to more information. 

Overseas Voting Changes – Web Banners – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Overseas Voting Changes – Web Banners – Wales

Web and newsletter copy

The web and newsletter copy can be used when preparing voter-facing content for partner’s websites or newsletters. 

Overseas Voting Changes – Web and Newsletter Copy – England and Scotland

Overseas Voting Changes – Web and Newsletter Copy – Wales

Overseas Voting Changes - Web and Newsletter Copy - Northern Ireland