Can Crown Servants, British Council employees and members of the Armed Forces who are posted overseas vote in UK elections?

Crown Servants (such as diplomatic service, overseas civil service), British Council employees and members of the Armed Forces who are posted overseas can register and vote in all elections.

You can also register as a service voter if your spouse or civil partner is a member of the Armed Forces or a Crown Servant or British Council employee serving abroad.

If you want to register to vote, you can apply online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote:

In Scotland, if you are under 18 years old, you can also register if your parent or guardian is a member of the Armed Forces and you are living with them, or if they are a Crown Servant of British Council employee and you are living abroad with them.

For further information, about registering as a service voter you should contact your local electoral registration office. To find contact details for your local authority, enter your postcode below.

You can then choose to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf). Postal votes may only be sent out a week before the election. You will need to consider whether this gives you enough time to complete and return your postal ballot papers in time. It may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.