20 November 2019 12:42
With the general election D-Day looming, it's time for the British public to start bracing for the ballot boxes in just over a month's time. To help you prepare, we've set out everything you need to know to register your vote and have your say. A UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the past 15 years Your passport if you are a British citizen living abroad. If students are already registered at their home address, they can use a postal vote or proxy vote if they are not there on election day. People who work away from home or who are on holiday on election day can also vote by post or proxy, which means nominating someone to cast a vote for you.
If you are suddenly incapacitated or taken ill on polling day, you can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on the day of the vote. How do I register to vote if I live abroad? You can register as an overseas voter if you are a British citizen and have been on a UK electoral register in the past 15 years. You will receive a polling card in the post to your registered address once an election is called. All you need to do then is vote at the station either in person, or arrange for your vote to be carried out by post or proxy.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday Nov 26. If you want to vote by post in the general election, apply by 5pm on Nov 26 to receive your postal voting pack. You need to apply by 5pm on Dec 4 to vote by proxy in the general election in England, Scotland or Wales. Since it was announced, more than two million people have applied to register to vote, according to Government figures. Armed Forces personnel, their partners and dependants can vote just like civilians as long as they are registered and over 18 years old.
Whether members of the military are based at home or posted overseas, they can still cast their ballot. Service voters will need the following information in order to register: their address Military personnel and their families likely to be posted overseas can vote by registering as a 'service voter'. It allows the person to register themselves at a fixed UK address, even when moving around abroad. Service voter registration lasts for five years, so if someone has registered in this way during the last five years then there will be no need to reapply. While abroad, votes can be cast by post or via proxy, the latter meaning when a person nominates another to vote on their behalf. The Electoral Commission website suggests a proxy vote may be the best option for those living outside the UK, to avoid potential delays when casting postal votes. Personnel based overseas are being encouraged to vote by proxy in the upcoming election (Picture: PA). For military personnel and their families based in the UK who are unlikely to be posted overseas, they can choose to register as an 'ordinary elector'. Anyone registered in this way can vote in person, as well as by postal and proxy. Unlike those based abroad, personnel in the UK must register separately for every election rather than registering for five-year periods. The deadline to register is the same for civilians, 11:59pm on 26 November - seven hours after the deadline for overseas military personnel. Personnel and their families will receive a polling card ahead of the election which will include information on how and where to place their vote. Anyone wishing to vote by post in England, Scotland or Wales must register by 5pm on 26 November. For proxy votes in England, Scotland and Wales, the cut-off for registration is 5pm on 4 December. For proxy voting in Northern Ireland, the deadline is 5pm on 21 November. The Electoral Commission suggests those living outside the UK that it may be better to cast a proxy vote. You can apply for a postal vote up to 5pm on the same day. December 4 is the deadline to apply for a proxy vote. To vote in a general election you need to: Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years) You also need to be on the electoral register. You should contact your Local Electoral Registration Office to both check if you're registered or to opt in or out of the open register. You can vote if you are 18 or over, you live in the UK and are a British or Irish citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen.