British expats urged to register ahead of EU vote

The UK Electoral Commission is today holding a day of dedicated activity to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

The election watchdog is hosting Overseas Voter Registration Day in an attempt to boost the numbers of UK residents overseas on the UK’s electoral registers.

While the date of the referendum is as yet unknown, the commission is advising UK expatriates to register early so that they can be sure they are registered in time.

While Overseas Voter Registration Day is not the only day British expats can register, it is the perfect opportunity for everyone to encourage his friends, family or colleagues to check if they can take part and ask them to go online to register from wherever they are in the world.

To register as an overseas voter, UK residents overseas must have previously been registered in a UK constituency within the last 15 years. Once registered, overseas voters can then choose how they wish to vote. They can vote by post, by proxy (voting by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf), or even in person at a polling station if they have travelled to the UK on polling day. It should be easier to vote by post for this referendum as the timetable for postal votes has been extended to allow postal votes to be sent out even earlier than usual, giving overseas voters further time to receive, complete, and return their ballot pack to the UK, the statement added.

British expatriates can now register online to vote in just a few minutes at: