An estimated 3.5 million Britons living overseas are eligible to vote in British General and European Elections, including:
- Citizens who have been on a UK electoral register within the last 15 years
- Citizens who were under the age of 18 years when they left the UK, provided they didn't leave the country more than 15 years ago.
If you belong to either of these groups, make sure you register. The final date to register for the next elections is 6th May 2014.
Some things are worth voting for.
How to Register to Vote
You will first of all need to enter the postcode of your local authority in the UK. This will then tell you where to send your form.
You need to sign and date the declaration and get another British citizen living overseas, but not a close relative, to sign the witness declaration.
You can vote in one of three ways -
- By post - if you want your ballot paper sent to you
- By proxy - if you want someone else to vote on your behalf
- In person - at your local polling station if you are in the UK on the day of the election
The Government Digital Service has announced a trial for British expats to register to vote online. This follows years of campaigning by Conservatives Abroad and other groups.
The trials are taking place in the UK, but if you're interested in finding out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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