British citizens living abroad can vote in UK parliamentary and European parliamentary elections, but not local government elections. If you have lived abroad for more than 15 years, then by law you are not eligible to vote in any UK elections.
To vote from overseas, complete and send an Overseas Declaration, to the council that covered the area in which you were last registered to vote. You'll need a British citizen living abroad to sign your form. Your local British embassy or consulate may also be able to help.
You can vote in person, by post, or proxy. If you are living abroad, there may not be enough time for a postal vote to reach you and be sent back before voting closes, so consider using a proxy.
Service personnel and their husbands, wives or civil partners living in the UK may register to vote in the usual way, or make a Service Declaration.
The service declaration lets you register at the address where you would be living if you were not in the services, or at an address where you used to live.
Voters who make a service declaration can vote in person, by post, or proxy. If you are living abroad, there may not be enough time for a postal vote to reach you and be sent back before voting closes, so consider using a proxy.
If you're a British, Commonwealth or Irish citizen working outside the UK as a Crown Servant or employee of the British Council, you can still register to vote. If you're married to someone in this position, and you accompany them during their employment abroad, you can also register in this way.
Just complete a Crown Servant Declaration and send the address of the place where you would live if you were in the UK or where you have lived in the UK in the past.
If you don't have a fixed address, you can still register to vote. This may be because you are:
- A patient in a mental health hospital
- A homeless person
- A person remanded in custody
To register, you need to fill in a form called a declaration of local connection. You can get this form by contacting us directly.
On the form, you must give an address where you would be living in the UK, or an address where you have lived in the past. If you are homeless, you can give details of where you spend a substantial part of your time.