Overview of overseas voters

Download these resources and help us encourage UK citizens living overseas to register to vote in the UK general election.

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More info on registering as a UK citizen living overseas

To register as an overseas voter, UK citizens must have been registered to vote as a resident in the UK in the last 15 years. If people were too young to register when they left the UK, they can still register as an overseas voter if their parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. Overseas voters need to renew their registration every year, so if they think they are already registered, they might actually not be.

The registration deadline for the forthcoming UK general election is midnight on 26 November (GMT).

When registering, we strongly encourage overseas voters to apply to vote by proxy, appointing somebody in the UK to vote on their behalf. The person appointed as a proxy must be registered to vote and eligible to vote in the election. The proxy can vote on the overseas voter's behalf at the overseas voter's polling station or can apply to vote by post by contacting the overseas voter's elections office where they are registered.

The proxy deadline for the forthcoming UK general election is 5pm on 4 December (GMT).

We recommend proxy voting for overseas voters as they find it challenging to apply for, receive and return their postal votes in time to have their say.

Register now and apply for a proxy.

Last updated: 4 November 2019
Next review: 11 September 2020