Service voter registration

The individual electoral registration system was introduced by government in June 2014. This was to help address concerns over potential electoral fraud.

If you are a member of the British Armed Forces, you can choose whether to register as a service voter or as a civilian (ordinary elector).  

Your registration as a service voter will be valid for 5 years from the time your entry onto the register takes effect and must be renewed every 5 years. If you don’t renew your registration, it will expire at the end of the 5 years. 

Register to vote (armed forces)

We will write to you well in advance of the expiry date, but if you don’t tell us about changes in your circumstances it may delay our letter to you.

The Electoral Commission has produced Service voter information booklet. This explains how to register to vote and how to vote by post or by proxy if you cannot get to your polling station on polling day.

More information is available from the your vote matters website.

If you choose to register as a civilian, the normal registration rules will apply to you.

If you have moved to Cornwall from another council’s area, when you register with us we will inform your previous council and you will be deleted from their electoral register.

If you’re based in the UK and are unlikely to change address or be posted overseas in the next year, you can register as an ordinary voter. 

To register to vote as a civilian in England, Scotland or Wales:

Register to vote online (civilian)

You can apply to vote by post or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

If you wish to vote by post, we can send ballot papers abroad.  However, you need to consider whether there would be time for you to receive and return your ballot paper by polling day.

You can download a Voting by post or by proxy as a civilian voter application form.

More information is available from the your vote matters website.