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 you
will need to complete a form and return
it to the electoral registration officer of the UK address where
you are registering.
Please note that you cannot use this form to register to
vote at the independence referendum for Scotland. To find
out if you’re eligible to vote at the referendum, click
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
If you're in the UK on election day, you can always vote in person at a polling station.
Voting 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
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.
United Kingdom General Election 2015
The 2015 United Kingdom General Election will take place on 7 May 2015.