British citizens living abroad

Every British citizen who has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years is eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary (general) elections and European Parliamentary elections.

If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter so long as your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, providing you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.

Register to vote

If you are registering to vote in England or Wales, you can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are registering to vote in Scotland, all you need to do is follow the steps to fill in the registration form on this website, print it off and return it to the Electoral Registration Officer at your local council.

Fill in a registration form to register to vote in Scotland.

How can I vote?

Once you’re registered, you’ll need to decide how you want to vote depending on your personal circumstances.

Ballot papers can be sent overseas, but you need to think about whether you have time to receive and return your ballot papers by polling day. If you don't think you can return them in time, you may want to consider voting by proxy. 

  • Voting in Person

    By post

    If you're in the UK on election day, you can always vote in person at a polling station.

  • Voting by Post

    By post

    If you live abroad you can apply to vote by post, although you must be registered as an overseas voter.

  • Voting by Proxy

    By post

    If you're abroad you can apply to vote by proxy (someone voting on your behalf). You must be registered to vote first.

Have a look at our How to vote pages for more information.

Want further information on registration or voting? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

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United Kingdom General Election 2015

The 2015 United Kingdom General Election will take place on 7 May 2015.

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