Overseas, Service Voters and Crown Servants FAQs

1. British citizens living abroad allowed to vote:

1.1 Overseas Electors

  • Can vote at UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections for up to 15 years after leaving their last registered address in the UK.
  • Cannot vote at local government elections orPolice and Crime Commissioner elections. 

1.2 Service voters and Crown Servants stationed overseas

  • Can vote in all elections (see next section)

2. How do I register to vote?

2.1 Armed Forces (Army, Royal Navy or RAF) posted abroad and their spouses/civil partners.

  • Can register to vote through making a service declaration, which is available to download from the Commission’s website. (Service declaration forms should be sent to the elections office for the area where you wish to register)
  • Can register at the address in the UK where you would be living if not posted overseas or at an address where you have lived in the past.

2.2 Armed Forces (Army, Royal Navy or RAF) living in the UK and their spouses/civil partners

  • Can register to vote through making a service declaration;
  • Can opt to register to vote iin person at their polling station or by by post or proxy.

2.3 Crown Servants/UK embassy /European Union / United Nations staff based overseas and their spouses/civil partners

  • Can register as a Crown Servant, application available to download from the Commission’s website or you can complete an online application via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  • Cannot register if you are employed by the EU, UN or any other organisation not directly in service of the Crown.

N.B. Postal votes are only sent out about a week before polling day. If you are living or posted abroad you may want to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as there may not be enough time for postal votes to reach you and be sent back before close of poll.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE ABOVE

Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote