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Register to vote

Don't lose your vote

How to Register to Vote

If you want to be able to vote in elections and referendums, you need to be registered to vote. You are now responsible for registering yourself. So, if your circumstances change e.g., if you move house or your change your name, it’s important that you re-register as soon as possible.

You can register to vote on the Government Online Registration Site - You must provide your name, address, date of birth and national insurance number. Providing this information makes the registration process more secure.

Although your name may be on the Electoral Register, you’re not under any legal obligation to vote in any election, unless you wish to do so. However, you cannot vote unless you are on the register.

For more information about registering to vote please see our Frequently Asked Questions which appear at the bottom of this page.

Overseas Electors

From 16 January 2024, the 15-year limit on voting rights for British citizens living overseas has been removed, and the registration period for these voters has been extended from one year to three. This means that overseas voters will only need to register to vote every three years.

Any British citizen living abroad who has previously lived in, or been registered to vote in the UK, have the right to vote at UK Parliamentary elections. These voters will be registered at the constituency where they were last registered to vote, or where they lived if they were not registered to vote before.

If you are a British or eligible Irish citizen living overseas who has previously lived in the UK or been registered to vote in the UK, you can register to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

The changes to voting from overseas which now apply are:

  • You can register to vote if you previously lived in the UK but were not registered to vote.
  • You can register to vote in the UK no matter how long ago you left or were last registered to vote.
  • Your overseas declaration is now valid for three years, lasting until 1 November in the third year after it takes effect (for example, if your declaration takes effect on 1 March 2024, it will expire on 1 November 2026).
  • You can now register online at Register to vote - GOV.UK (

If you are an overseas voter who registered to vote before 16 January 2024, you will need to renew your registration when your declaration expires. If you applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this will expire on 31 January 2024, and you will need to reapply for a proxy vote.

If you have a postal vote you will need to re-apply when your overseas declaration expires. The Electoral Services team will contact you before your declaration expires.

Useful Contacts

Electoral Registration Enquiries

Lindsay Thomson - Electoral Registration Officer

Electoral Registration Office, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT

Tel. 03451 55 55 11 or email