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Voting - special circumstances

Can I register to vote if I live abroad?  

Yes. Every British citizen who has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years is eligible to vote in UK General (Parliamentary) elections and European Parliamentary elections. 

If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter so long as your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, providing you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.

You can register to vote by visiting the GOV.uk website:

GOV.uk - Register to vote (external website)  

We advise you to either apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. This should ensure that you will still be able to vote whenever an election is called. 

Please note: If you are unable to access this form online, please contact the electoral services team and we can either complete the form for you over the phone, or post you a printed copy of the form.

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Can I register to vote as a student?

Students may be able to register at home and at their term-time address. So wherever you are on election day, you can have your say.

You can vote in local elections at home and at your term-time address as long as they are not in the same local government area. However, for General (parliamentary) elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections or European elections, you can only vote once. This must be from your home (primary) address.

You can register to vote by visiting the GOV.uk website:

GOV.uk - Register to vote (external website)  

We advise you to either apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. This should ensure that you will still be able to vote whenever an election is called.  

Please note: If you are unable to access this form online, please contact the electoral services team and we can either complete the form for you over the phone, or post you a printed copy of the form.

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Can I register to vote if I have two or more homes in the UK?

Yes. This is classed as a ‘local connection’. You can vote in local elections in the areas you have additional residences, as long as they are not in the same local government area. 

For General (Parliamentary) elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections and European Parliamentary elections you can only vote in the constituency where you have registered your ‘primary’ address. 

You can register to vote by visiting the GOV.uk website:

GOV.uk - Register to vote (external website)  

Please note: If you are unable to access this form online, please contact the electoral services team and we can either complete the form for you over the phone, or post you a printed copy of the form.

We advise you to either apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. This should ensure that you will still be able to vote whenever an election is called. 

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How do I register to vote as an armed forces voter?

If you are a member of the armed forces you can register as a ‘Service Voter’ by visiting GOV.uk website:

GOV.uk - Register to vote (external website)  

We advise you to either apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. This should ensure that you will still be able to vote whenever an election is called.

Please note: If you are unable to access this form online, please contact the electoral services team and we can either complete the form for you over the phone, or post you a printed copy of the form. 

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