How to vote in the General Election

If you’re moving or living abroad

British Citizens can register to vote in UK Parliament and European Parliament elections if they:

  • left the UK within the last 15 years;
  • were previously registered at an address in England, Scotland or Wales (or, in some cases, you left the UK before your 18th birthday).

You need to register as an overseas voter (by 26 November in order to meet the deadlines for this particular election).

You can vote by post or proxy, if you’re eligible. You’ll be asked to make this choice when you register.

If you’re registered in Northern Ireland you cannot vote by post from abroad.

You’ll then need to apply by filling in and posting one of the following:

You can also ask for the form to be emailed or posted to you when you register online.

Deadlines for applying to vote in the General Election

If you want to vote by proxy, apply by 5pm on 4 December.

If you want to vote by post, apply by 5pm on 26 November to get your postal voting pack at your overseas address. Your postal vote must then arrive at your Electoral Office in the UK by 10pm on 12 December.

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote in Northern Ireland is 5pm on 21 November.

You can contact your Electoral Register Office to find out when postal votes might be sent. This could help you decide whether to vote by proxy or by post.

This information is re-published from the website.