Member of the Armed Forces (or husband, wife, civil partner)
You need to register in order to vote in any UK elections or
referendums. You can use this site to look at some of our top reasons why its important to register to
vote. You can also look at how you can
vote, and what you can vote for.
You need to register in order to vote in any
UK elections or referendums.
What are my registration
If you’re a member of the Armed Forces, or the
husband, wife 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 way you choose to register to vote is up to you and will
depend on your personal circumstances.
• If you’re based overseas, or expect to be
posted abroad in the next year, it makes sense to register as a
Service Voter. This allows you to be registered at
a fixed address in the UK even if you move around. A Service Voter
registration also lasts for five years, so once you’re registered,
you shouldn’t have to worry about it while you’re busy
• If you’re based in the UK and are unlikely
to change address or be posted overseas in the next year, you can
register as an ordinary voter. This is the type of
registration where you’ll receive a household enquiry
form through the post at your address once a year between
mid-August and November. You need to return this with the details
of everyone who is 16 or over who is resident and eligible to
register to vote.
Register to vote
If you are registering to vote in
England or Wales, you can now do this online.
To register as an ordinary voter go to gov.uk/register-to-vote.
To register as an Armed Forces voter go to gov.uk/register-to-vote-armed-forces.
If you are registering to vote in Scotland you
will need to complete a form and return it to the electoral
registration officer of the UK address where you are registering.
You can register as an
ordinary voter or as an Armed Forces
Registering for the Scottish
There will be a referendum on independence in
Scotland on 18 September 2014. Anyone aged 16 or over on the date
of the referendum will be able to vote. In order to vote in the
referendum, you will need to be on the Scottish local government
register, or on the register of young voters.
Whichever way you choose to register, it’s
very important that you tell your local electoral registration
office if you change address. If you don’t, you won’t receive
important information like a reminder of when you need to
re-register, or information about elections in your area. For more
information on the Scottish Independence Referendum, visit our page
How can I vote? What if I’m abroad on
As you probably know, most people vote in
person by going to a polling station in the UK. But don’t worry if
you’re abroad at the time of the election 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 (someone voting on your behalf). Have a
look at our How to vote pages for more information.
If you’re based abroad, you need to be aware
that, due to election timetables, you may not receive your ballot
paper until shortly before election day. Depending on where you’re
based, there may not be enough time for you to return your ballot
before voting closes (10pm on election day), so voting by post may
not be the best way for you to vote. In these circumstances we
would encourage you to appoint a proxy in the UK to vote on your
behalf. Proxies can themselves apply to vote for you by post, if
this is easiest for them. You can find more information on postal
and proxy voting here.
Want further information on registration or
voting? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.
Want further information on registration or voting? Have a look at our Frequently Asked