Living overseas? Don’t miss out on having your say in the UK general election

By Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns, UK Electoral Commission

Lots of UK citizens who live overseas don’t know that they may be able to vote in the general election on 8 June 2017.

With the election just around the corner, it’s important that you ensure you’re registered to vote as soon as possible.

To register as an overseas voter you must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. If you were too young when you left the UK to have been registered, then you can register as an overseas voter if your parents (or guardians) were registered in the UK in the last 15 years.

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You can register to vote online now at

If you were registered for the EU referendum and you haven’t been asked to renew your registration then you do not need to re-register to vote in the UK general election. If you have been asked to renew your registration and haven’t yet done so, make sure you renew as soon as possible.

If you’re unsure, you can contact your local authority in the UK. Find their details on our website.

Once registered, we strongly encourage you to apply to vote by proxy, which means appointing somebody you trust in the UK to vote on your behalf. You can download an application form on

We know overseas voters find it challenging to apply for, receive, complete and return their postal votes in time to have their say. That’s why you should consider whether a proxy vote might be more convenient. 

If you’re registered to vote in Northern Ireland as an overseas voter, you are unable to vote by post as ballot papers cannot be sent to an address outside of the UK. So you must apply to vote by proxy by 5pm on Thursday 18 May.

Don’t miss out! Make sure you’re ready to vote today.

Share this blog to ensure your friends and family can have their say in the UK general election this June. Pass the message on that #YourVoteMatters!

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