British Overseas Elector – How to Set Up an Absent Vote

One you’ve registered as an overseas voter on , you will still need to set up an absent vote to be able to vote in the UK Parliamentary elections on 7th May, 2015. Links to the the required application forms are provided below.

The best choice for voting on time due to a maximum of only 25 days being allowed (for sending you the actual voting papers and for you to complete and then return them if you choose the postal vote option),  is to complete the Postal Proxy Application Form below. Note that your chosen proxy does not have to live in the constituency in which your vote is cast but must only be registered to vote in the UK.

Graham Richards a member of our campaign team has kindly provided below for your guidance, the letter he received from his Mole Valley District Council.




Dear Mole Valley Overseas Elector,

We currently have you registered as an overseas elector for the Mole Valley District. In a recent review of our overseas electors, we have noticed that you currently do not have an absent vote set up to enable you to vote in UK Parliamentary elections from abroad. As a result, and with the UK Parliamentary General Election fast approaching on 7th May 2015, I have attached some application forms for you to consider and complete in order to set up an absent vote. You can also download these applications from the bottom of the page at this link:

You can apply to vote either by post or by proxy. If you decide to vote by post, your ballot paper will be sent to you at a specified address a few weeks before polling day in order for you to cast your vote. However, please note that due to international air mail/postage timings, we can not always guarantee the postal pack will reach you and be returned to us in good time to be counted.

If you choose to vote by proxy, this means you appoint someone you know living in the UK to vote on your behalf. They will go to the polling station for you and cast the vote according to your instructions. If your proxy does not live in Mole Valley and would not be able to attend a polling station for you on polling day, they can in turn apply to vote by post as your proxy; there is a form attached for this as well. The person you appoint as your proxy must be registered to vote in the UK.

Please do not delay in applying for an absent vote for the general election in May 2015, as once the deadlines in April 2015 have passed, we will be unable to make provisions for you to vote.

If you have any queries, please contact the office on or on 01306 879198.

Yours faithfully

Victoria Foreman

Senior Democratic Services Officer

Mole Valley District Council

(01306) 879198

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