If you're a British citizen living overseas and you wish to vote in the upcoming UK General Election on December 12th, you must ensure you're registered to vote.

You can register as an overseas voter for up to 15 years after leaving the UK, if:

  • you’re a British or eligible Irish citizen
  • you were registered to vote in the UK within the previous 15 years.

Register to vote

Renewing your registration

You must renew your registration every year.

If you don't renew your registration, you’ll be removed from the register and will need to make a new application in order to be able to continue voting.

Voting if you’re registered as an overseas voter

You can vote by post or proxy, if you’re eligible.

You’ll need to apply by filling in and returning one of the following:

You can also ask for it to be emailed or posted to you when you register online.

If you want to vote by post, you must apply by 5pm on 26 November to get your postal voting pack at your overseas address. Your postal vote must then arrive back at Lambeth Town Hall by 10pm on 12 December.

If you want to vote by proxy in the General Election, you must apply by 5pm on 4 December.

Important information

Within Lambeth, the first batch of postal votes for overseas electors are due to be sent around Friday 22 November. This will be for overseas electors registered for a postal vote by Wednesday 13 November.

The second dispatch will take place on Monday 2 December and will include ballot packs for all electors who registered for a postal vote after Thursday 14 November and up to the deadline of 5pm, on Tuesday 26 November.

There is no guarantee that a postal ballot pack will reach an overseas address in enough time to allow it to be returned by 10pm on 12 December. Please give this consideration when making your application. You may wish to opt for a proxy vote if you're concerned a postal ballot pack will not reach you in time.

Key dates

UK Parliamentary General Election Date
Deadline to register to vote 26 November (Midnight)
Deadline to apply to vote by post or to make changes to an existing postal or proxy vote 26 November (5pm)
Deadline to apply to vote by proxy 4 December (5pm)
First date that electors can apply for replacements for lost postal votes 6 December
Polling day 12 December (Hours of Poll: 7am-10pm)
Declaration of result 13 December

Please return forms to:

London Borough of Lambeth
Electoral Services
Town Hall
2 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW
Email: postalvotes@lambeth.gov.uk