Armed forces

If you are in the Armed Forces - or a spouse or partner of someone who is - you can register as a service voter. Find out more about registering as a service voter.

On this page, you can find out:

  • Who can register as a service voter
  • How to register to vote as a service voter
  • How to vote as a service voter

Who can register as a service voter?

You can register as a service voter if you are a member of the armed forces or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces.

In Scotland, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a member of HM Forces is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Scotland or would be living in Scotland if their parent or guardian were not based overseas. They will not be able to vote in Scottish Parliamentary or local government elections until they are 16 or in UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary elections until they are 18.


Register to vote

UK GENERAL ELECTION ON THURSDAY 8 JUNE 2017

The deadline to register to vote was Monday 22 May. It is now too late to register to vote at the UK general election on 8 June.

If you registered to vote before the deadline, your local electoral registration office will contact you to let you know when you are registered or if they have any questions.


How can I vote?

Don't worry if you're abroad at the time of the referendum 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.

Voting by post

Postal votes may only be sent out about a week before election day. If you are living abroad, it may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as there may not be enough time for your postal vote to reach you and be sent back before voting closes.

In England, Scotland and Wales, the deadline to apply to vote by post at the UK general election on Thursday 8 June is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.

Find out more about postal voting

The deadline to apply for a postal or proxy vote in Northern Ireland has now passed.

Voting by proxy

If you're abroad or can't vote in person, you can apply to vote by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).

Find out more about proxy voting