From 16 January 2024 British citizens living abroad, who were either previously registered or resident at an address in the UK, may register to vote in UK Parliamentary Elections. This includes those who left the UK before they were 18. The previous 15 year restriction on registration has been removed.
You can register as an overseas elector online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.
Overseas Electors may either appoint a person to vote on their behalf at the polling station (a proxy), or choose to vote themselves by post. If a postal vote is chosen, the applicant should take into account the length of time taken for post to travel in either direction to and from an overseas address, as postal ballot papers may only be sent around 2-3 weeks before Polling Day and must be received by Polling Day in order to be counted.
Once registered as an overseas elector, an application for a postal vote can be made online at Apply for a postal vote - GOV.UK or an application for a proxy vote made online at Apply for a proxy vote - GOV.UK.
Registration as an Overseas Elector will last for up to 3 years, expiring on the third 1 November after an application is approved, and will then need to be renewed for the registration to continue. The Electoral Services team will contact electors in advance who need to renew their registration and will advise on the available methods for doing so, as well as the required actions to keep any postal or proxy vote in place.
More information can be found on the Electoral Commission website
If you need any further information please contact our Electoral Services team who will be happy to help.