February 29, 2024
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Find out how to register to vote in the UK

2024 is set to be one of the biggest election years in history, with around 4 billion people heading to the polls.

For Brits, it means we are finally getting a general election where we can make our voices heard about the current government.

But what does this mean for those of us living abroad?

Well, thanks to new legislation any Brits living abroad can now vote in the UK, regardless of how long they have been away for or if they weren’t previously registered to vote in the UK. The previous limit of 15 years has been removed.

So, how do I register to vote?

Registering to vote takes no time at all, so if you have a spare 5 minutes, sit down and get started!

If you think you may already be on the register, you can contact your local registration office to check.

If you’re not on the register, or you need to renew, you can register to vote online, or you can opt to download a paper form to fill out and return by post. If you have your national insurance number to hand, this is the easiest way to register. If not, you can search for it online, or use a scan of your British passport.

If you won’t be going back to the UK to vote, you can apply for a proxy vote, nominating someone to vote for you, or for a postal vote.

You can also apply to for a proxy or postal vote by post if you prefer.

If you have any more questions, take a look at FAQs from British in Europe

Make sure you are also aware of your voting rights in Belgium!

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