Special Category Registration

There are two ways to register to vote or update your registration details:

  1. You can register online via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This is the quickest and easiest way to register or update your details.
  1. If you are unable to register online, you will need to complete a paper registration form and return it to the Area Electoral Office. The form can be downloaded below or contact us and we will post one out to you.

Form to register as an Overseas Elector

British or eligible Irish citizens living abroad can be registered in the same parliamentary constituency as they were registered prior to going abroad. In order to qualify as an overseas elector you must have been listed on the Northern Ireland Electoral Register at some point within the last 15 years or, if you were not old enough to register, your parent or guardian must have been registered.

Overseas electors can vote at UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections, but not Northern Ireland Assembly or Local Government elections. You will need to appoint someone (known as a "proxy") to vote on your behalf as postal votes cannot be sent outside the UK. Alternatively you can vote in person if you will be at home on polling day. 

Form to register as an Anonymous Elector

Note: you cannot apply for anonymous registration online.

Anonymous Registration page

Form to register as a Service Voter (or spouse/civil partner)

Form to register as a Crown Servant or British Council employee (or spouse) working abroad

Form to register using a Declaration of Local Connection (homeless person)

If you are not resident at any address in Northern Ireland on a permanent basis you can register at an address at which you commonly spend a substantial part of your time using a Declaration of Local Connection form.  You will be registered in the area in which the address you give is situated. Please read the notes attached to the form for details of how to apply.

Note: you cannot register using a Declaration of Local Connection online.