This is the first UK General Election where people can register to vote online. The Electoral Commission hopes that the new online process will encourage more UK nationals living overseas to register to take part in elections from overseas.
Estimates show that there may be as many as 5.5 million UK nationals living overseas, but there are fewer than 20,000 currently on the electoral registers.
To register as an overseas voter, UK residents overseas must have previously been registered in a UK constituency within the last fifteen years.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that it’s possible to register as an overseas voter for the General Election. We need to challenge the misconception that once you’ve moved overseas you can’t take part. Many people can and now it’s easier than ever to take the first step by registering online,” commented Alex Robertson, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission. “We are urging UK nationals who are now living abroad to take five minutes on Overseas Registration Day to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure they will be able to have their say at the General Election in May.”
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 20 April 2015.
To register to vote, UK citizens should visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote