The General Election on 12th December 2019 is a big one.
Decisions made in the next session of Parliament will affect everyone.
The UK’s destiny could be decided by just a few votes.
If you can vote, do.
It’s essential that your voice is heard.
We know the process can be confusing.
That’s why we produced this interactive guide to help Brits living abroad find the information they need to:
- Register to vote, and
- Get set up with an in-person proxy.
If you are currently registered to vote by post
It is strongly recommended that you switch to voting by in-person proxy. Even gov.uk is advising overseas voters against using a postal vote when registering for the first time. The issue also received coverage in the Guardian newspaper.
- Switch to an in-person proxy by 26 November.
- It’s the same process whether registering to vote by proxy for the first time or changing an existing setup.
And do your bit to ensure other Brits don’t miss out:
- Message your friends via WhatsApp
- Tweet this link
- Share on Facebook
- Print and distribute posters and flyers
- Share this link any other way you want to! [shortcuts below]
Already gone through the tool? Know what to do?
Here are the key links for easy reference:
- Register to vote here
- by 5pm on 26 November
- Get a proxy form here and submit it to your local registration office
- by 5pm on 26 November if you are changing an existing postal vote, proxy, or postal proxy registration
- or by 5 December ONLY if you have registered by 26 November AND have never had a postal vote, proxy, or postal proxy set up before.
- Please allow plenty of time to get your proxy form in on time. While some authorities allow forms to be submitted as scans via email, others insist that you send the form by post. You may need to specifically ask if you can submit the form via email. If they insist on receiving it by post, you may wish to ask if it would be acceptable for a trusted friend or relative to post and send a scan from the UK to save time.
This tool is provided in good faith to help simplify what we’ve found to be a confusing system. We cannot accept liability for any accidentally misleading information. Please contact your local registration authority in case of any doubt.
A small note on privacy:
This form was designed on a deadline by Rose Newell, a member of British in Europe, and Tom de Grunwald of Forward Democracy. We chose to use Google Forms as a quick, easy, and free tool that served our purposes. The form is based on multiple choice with no free-text input fields. We do not ask for nor collect any personal information when using this tool. Google may collect your IP address, but unless you click “Submit” at the end (there is no need to – the information you need will be presented right there), none of your responses will be stored. Any responses submitted will be purged after 12 December or upon earlier request.
Please help spread the word by printing and distributing some of these posters and flyers in places you think British people living abroad might see them.
Better poster and flyer designs may follow.
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