Armed Forces

On this page, you can find out

  • Who can register as a service voter
  • How to register to vote as a service voter
  • How to vote as a service voter
  • How to obtain resources to deliver Unit Registration Days

Who can register as a service voter?

You can register as a service voter if you are a member of the armed forces or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces.

In Scotland, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a member of HM Forces is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Scotland or would be living in Scotland if their parent or guardian were not based overseas. They will not be able to vote in Scottish Parliamentary or local government elections until they are 16 or in UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary elections until they are 18.


Register to vote

If you're a member of the armed forces, or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces, you can register to vote either as a service voter or as an ordinary voter.

The deadline to register to vote for the EU Referendum has now passed. If you have not registered, you will not be able to vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.


EU Referendum

The referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23 June 2016.

You can find more information about the EU Referendum and how to have your say on our EU Referendum microsite.

Visit our EU Referendum armed forces page


How can I vote?

Don't worry if you're abroad at the time of the referendum or have another reason why you won't be able to vote in person on the day – you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Voting by post

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the EU Referendum has now passed.

Voting by proxy

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the EU Referendum has now passed. If you did not apply for a postal or proxy vote, you will need to vote in person on 23 June to have your say in the EU Referendum.


How to obtain resources to deliver Unit Registration Days

If you are a Unit Registration Officer, we have produced an Armed Forces toolkit to help you raise awareness of registering to vote and how to vote in the EU Referendum.

Our toolkit includes web banners, downloadable posters and printable forms.

Download our Armed Forces toolkit

You can obtain more information about this toolkit by emailing us.