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Overseas Voters

Anyone who is living overseas/abroad is entitled to vote in the UK for a period of 15 years after they were last entered on the electoral register.  If you have never been registered as an elector in the UK, you will not be eligible to register as an overseas elector.  However, if you left the UK before you were 18 years of age you can register at your parents' or guardians' address, providing that you left the country no more than 15 years ago.

How do I apply to be register?

If you would like an application form to register as an overseas elector, please click on the link below or alternatively contact the Electoral Registration Office.  Once completed please return the form to the address provided on the foot of the page.  On receipt of an application, an acknowledgement will be sent to you and we will also inform the person nominated by you to act as your proxy (if applicable) that they have been appointed.  An application only lasts for 12 months, and we will write to you after nine months of your registration for your annual renewal.

 

Please click here to download the Application Form to Register as an Overseas Elector

How can I vote?

Overseas electors may either appoint a person to vote on their behalf at the polling station or vote themselves by post.  If a postal vote is chosen, the applicant should bear in mind the length of time taken for post to travel in either direction, because the ballot paper is only issued one to two weeks before Polling Day. If you are registered as an overseas elector you will only be allowed to vote in Parliamentary Elections and European Parliamentary Elections.  You will not be able to vote in Local Elections.

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