How to vote

Exactly who can vote?


British citizens who live abroad and were last on a UK electoral register not more than 15 years ago can vote in elections. If you are abroad but not on the electoral register, you'll need to contact the local council for the area you last lived in the UK.

People who were under the age of 18 when their parents moved abroad can also vote once they reach 18 - for up to 15 years from the time when their parents were last registered in the UK.

The Liberal Democrats support all Brits abroad over 18 years of age having the vote and for the general voting age to be extended to 16-17 year olds. The current government intends to legislate for all 18 year olds and above abroad to have "Votes for Life".


If you want to join the UK electoral register, find out where you were last registered to vote, or change your 'in person' vote to a postal or proxy vote, visit this UK government website:


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