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Guide Ways to vote

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7. Service voters

You can register as a service voter if you are a member of the armed forces or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces.

You can register to vote either as a service voter or as an ordinary voter. 

Registering as a service voter 

If you’re based overseas, or expect to be posted abroad in the next year, it makes sense to register as a service voter. 

This allows you to be registered at a fixed address in the UK even if you move around. 

A service voter registration also lasts for five years, so, once you’re registered, you shouldn’t have to worry about it while you’re busy overseas.

You can now register to vote as a Service Voter online.

Registering as an ordinary voter

If you’re based in the UK and are unlikely to change address or be posted overseas in the next year, you can register as an ordinary voter. 

You can now register as an ordinary voter online.

Most people vote in person by going to a polling station. However if you are based abroad at the time of the election or have another reason why you won’t be able to vote in person on the day - you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Voting by post

If you’re abroad or can’t vote in person, you can apply for a postal vote. You must be registered individually.

Download the form to apply for a postal vote as a Service voter

Please note:  Postal votes are sent out about 10 days before polling day and will need to make sure that you have time to return your ballot paper by polling day. If you don't think you can return it in time, you may want to consider voting by proxy. 

Voting by proxy

If you're abroad or can’t vote in person, you can apply to vote by proxy (someone voting on your behalf). You must be registered individually and the person you appoint as your proxy must also be registered individually.

Download the form to apply for a proxy vote as a Service voter