11/04/2016

How to Vote

All UK citizens living out of the UK for 15 years or less can still vote in all UK elections.  Let’s make our votes count!

If you left the UK less than 15 years ago, you can vote either in the UK or in your country of residence. If you left the UK over 15 years ago you can vote in your country of residence. Find out which rules and registration deadlines apply in your country of residence.

If you want to vote in England, Wales or Scotland, you can register online here www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, for which you will need:

  • your date of birth
  • your NINO, and
  • your UK passport details.

You don’t need a registered address in the UK.

Your application will be passed to the local Electoral Registration Office wherever you were last registered in the UK. You can search for Electoral Registration Office contact information here.

For information on voting in Northern Ireland, please click here.

I voted in the 2016 referendum, 2017 General Election and/or 2018 European Elections. Am I still registered?

Overseas voters cannot assume they are registered and in many cases you have to renew their registration every year. You can check by simply contacting your local Electoral Office. If required, you can renew your registration by filling in the same online form, or by contacting your local Electoral Registration Office to request that your registration be renewed.

What if I can’t/don’t want to register online?

If you want to vote in England, Wales or Scotland, you can still download paper forms and post them, but should remember to do this as early as possible. Download a PDF form for a postal vote here, and for the proxy vote here, then send the completed form to your local Electoral Registration Office – find out where that is using this tool at gov.uk.

For information on voting in Northern Ireland, click here.

How do I find out if my registration worked?

You can find out the status of your registration by contacting your local Electoral Registration Officer (search for your local office here) at your last UK local authority. It is recommended that you do this anyway to be sure that you are properly registered to vote.

How do I exercise my vote?

You can choose how you wish to vote. You can vote by postal ballot or by proxy (by choosing someone you trust to vote on your behalf). Applying for a proxy vote is the best way to ensure your vote is counted. And if you happen to be in the UK on the date of the General Election, you can always vote in person at the polling station in the constituency where you were last registered. Note that if you choose to vote by postal ballot, the Electoral Commission recommends that you register as soon as possible to ensure that the postal ballot has time to arrive at your address by post and you have sufficient time to send it back in time for the election.

Tactical voting in the UK

Have a look at these sites to learn more about the possibility of pro-EU tactical voting in your constituency:

FT article on tactical voting

Guardian article on tactical voting

remainvoter.com – information on tactical voting for specific areas

 

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