Overseas Electors

If you are a British citizen who has been registered to vote in the UK you are eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary (general) elections and European Parliamentary elections in the UK.

The previous 15-year limit on voting rights for British citizens living overseas has been removed (from 16/1/24), and the registration period for these voters has been extended from one year to three. This means that overseas voters will only need to register to vote every three years. 

These voters will be registered at the constituency where they were last registered to vote, or where they lived if they were not registered to vote before.

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.

You can apply to register as an overseas elector.

Once you’re registered, you’ll need to decide how you want to vote depending on your personal circumstances:

  • Voting in person – if you’re in the UK on election day, you can always vote in person at a polling station
  • Voting by proxy – if you’re abroad you can apply to vote by proxy (someone voting on your behalf)
  • Voting by post- if you’re abroad you can apply to vote by post, although there may be a rather short time in which to return your ballot paper to the UK

If you have any questions please contact the elections office – phone 01282 477261/477263 or email democracy@burnley.gov.uk