Overseas voters

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter. Find out more about if you are eligible and how to register.

Here you can find out about registering and voting as an overseas voter at the UK general election on Thursday 8 June.

Can I register as an overseas voter?

The deadline to register as an overseas voter for the UK general election on Thursday 8 June has now passed. If you didn’t register and were not already registered, it is now too late.


Am I already registered to vote?

An overseas registration lasts 12 months.

You must renew your registration each year, and will be reminded to do so by your local Electoral Registration office.


If you have renewed your registration

If you have renewed your registration and it will last until after 8 June 2017, you are registered as an overseas voter. You do not need to register to vote again.


If your registration has not expired

If you voted as an overseas voter in the EU referendum and your registration has not expired (and will not expire by 8 June 2017) you will be able to vote as an overseas voter on 8 June. You do not need to register to vote again.

If your registration will expire before 8 June and you have not renewed it, you should do so as soon as possible. Otherwise you may not be able to vote.


If your registration has expired

The deadline to register as an overseas voter for the UK general election on Thursday 8 June has now passed. If you didn’t register and were not already registered, it is now too late.


If you’re not sure

If you are not sure about anything to do with your registration status, please contact your local authority.

You can find their contact details by entering your postcode below


Find your UK local authority details

Enter the  postcode for the UK address at which you are registered.

You will be provided with contact details for your local authority.

They will be able to help with any questions about your registration status.


How do I register to vote?

The deadline to register as an overseas voter for the UK general election on Thursday 8 June has now passed. If you didn’t register and were not already registered, it is now too late.

If you were already registered and have been asked to renew your registration and haven’t yet done so, make sure you renew as soon as possible or you may not be able to vote.

If you have registered as an overseas voter in England, Scotland or Wales but haven’t yet applied for a proxy vote (where you can nominate someone in the UK to vote on your behalf), you should do this now

Find out about proxy voting


How can I vote from overseas?

You can choose your method of voting depending on your personal circumstances.

Voting by proxy

If you're not in the UK you can apply to vote by proxy. This means you appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

The deadline to apply to vote by proxy in England, Scotland and Wales is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

We would advise you to apply to vote by proxy if possible. This is because some postal votes might not reach you in time for you to complete and return them by post by 10pm on Thursday 8 June.

The deadline for absent vote applications in Northern Ireland has now passed.

Download the overseas voter proxy application form (PDF)

Voting by post

If you live abroad you can apply to vote by post.

If you are 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.

You need to make sure you have time to receive and return your ballot papers by 10 pm on polling day (10pm on Thursday 8 June).

If you don't think you can return them in time, you should consider voting by proxy.

To check when postal votes are being sent out contact the local authority  where you are registered to vote in UK.

Download the postal vote application form (PDF)