Can I register to vote if
I live overseas ?
Yes! If you are a British citizen living outside the UK and you
meet the criteria detailed below, you can register as an overseas
elector. This will enable you to vote in Parliamentary and European
Parliamentary elections in the UK.
In order to register you must meet one of the following two sets
- Your name was previously on the electoral register for an
address in the UK;
- you were living in the UK on the relevant qualifying date for
that register; and there are no more than 15 years between that
date and the date of your application,
- you last lived in the UK less than 15 years before the date of
- you were too young to be on the electoral register before you
- a parent or guardian was on the electoral register, for the
address at which you were living;
- you are now at least 18 years old or will become 18 during the
life of the register for which you are applying.
For more information view our
Overseas Electors leaflet (98.82 KB) or ask
for an Overseas Electors application form.
How do I register for postal voting ?
If you would rather have your ballot paper sent to you by post
simply complete an 'Application to Vote by Post' form and return it
to us. The form and guidance is available on the About my Vote
website (link on the right)
Applications must be received by us at least eleven
working days prior to polling day if it is to be in force for that
If you wish to have your postal vote sent to an address
different to the one you have previously applied for, you can apply
to have your postal ballot papers redirected for one particular
election date only. If a long term change of address is required
than a new postal vote application will be necessary.
Can I apply for someone else to vote on my behalf ?
Under certain circumstances you can apply for a ‘proxy vote’,
which allows you to nominate someone else to attend the polling
station and cast your vote.
You can apply for a proxy vote if you meet one of the following
- you are registered blind;
- you receive the higher rate mobility component of the
Disability Living Allowance;
- you have a physical incapacity; or
- your employment is such that you could not attend the polling
- You can also apply for a proxy vote for one election if you
will be away on holiday or away from home at the time of the
If you apply for a proxy vote because you have a physical
incapacity or due to the nature of your employment your application
must be supported by a doctor or your employer.
To apply to vote by proxy complete, sign, and return an
Application to Vote by Proxy form.
Applications for a proxy vote can be made up to six days before
polling day . However an "emergency” proxy vote can be applied for
after this date due to unforeseen health reasons. "An emergency”
application can be made up to 5pm on polling day.
Where do I vote ?
You can either vote in person at the Polling Station, or if you
prefer you can apply to vote by post. In certain circumstances you
can arrange for someone to vote on your behalf. We hire village
halls, community halls, schools and even use facilities in
people’s houses to try to ensure that you do not have to travel too
far to your Polling Station. Tamworth is split in to areas
called wards, and each ward will have their own Polling
Station. Unless you vote by post we will send you a Poll Card
shortly before an election. This Poll Card will tell you where you
have to go to vote.