Voting: People with no fixed address

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If you do not have a fixed address, you can still have your say at elections. Find out more about voting without a fixed address.

Can I vote?

    • Who can register to vote?
    • Which elections can I vote in?
    • Overseas voters
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    • People with no fixed address

On this page you can find out about registering to vote with no fixed address.

You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address. This may be because you are:

  • A patient in a mental health hospital
  • Homeless
  • A merchant seaman
  • Part of the gypsy or travelling community
  • Living on a boat or other moveable residence
  • A person remanded in custody

If you are staying at an address for an extended length of time then you can be considered as residing there and can register for that address. This could be a hospital, hostel, prison facility or similar place.

If you are in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you are in Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form.

If you do not have a permanent address, you can register at an address where you spend a substantial part of your time or have some connection. This could be a previously permanent address, shelter or similar place.

You can register by filling in a form called a ‘Declaration of local connection’. You can download a Register to vote form (no fixed address) from gov.uk. There are two forms – one for people in England and Wales and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.

You can read more detailed information relevant to you below.


A patient in a mental health hospital

If you have been admitted as an in-patient at a mental hospital or similar place then you can register at your hospital address if you have spent sufficient time there to be regarded as resident. If you are only in hospital a short time then you could still register at what would otherwise be your permanent home. You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You can also register at an address where you used to live before you became a patient. You can do this by filling in a form called a ‘Declaration of local connection’. l connection’. You can download a Register to vote form (no fixed address) from gov.uk. There are two forms – one for people in England and Wales and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.


Homeless

If you are do not have a permanent home then you can register at an address where you spend a substantial part of your time, whether during the day or night. This could be a shelter or any place where you sleep or spend a large part of your day.

You can do this by filling in a form called a ‘Declaration of local connection’. You can download a Register to vote form (no fixed address) from gov.uk. There are two forms – one for people in England and Wales and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.


A merchant seaman

If you are not resident in the UK because of your job as a merchant seaman then you can still register at your usual address where you would otherwise be living when you were not working. Alternatively, if you normally stay at a hostel or club which provides accommodation for merchant seamen when you are not at sea, then you can register at that address.

You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.


Part of the gypsy or travelling community

If you are staying at a site for a reasonable length of time then you can be considered as living there and can register for that address. You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you do not have a settled address where you can be considered to be living then you can register either at the place where you spend most of your time or at the place where you most have a local connection.

You can do this by filling in a form called a ‘Declaration of local connection’. You can download a Register to vote form (no fixed address) from gov.uk. There are two forms – one for people in England and Wales and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.


Living on a boat or other moveable residence

If you live on a boat, houseboat or similar residence which has a fixed or permanent mooring then you can register at that address. You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you do not have a permanent mooring then you can register either at a place where you spend most of your time or have some connection. This could be the place where you were last permanently registered or, for example, a boatyard that you use for maintenance.

You can do this by filling in a form called a ‘Declaration of local connection’. You can download a Register to vote form (no fixed address) from gov.uk. There are two forms – one for people in England and Wales and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.


A person remanded in custody

If you have been remanded in custody (but not convicted) and are detained in a prison or similar place then you can be registered at that address if you have been detained long enough for you to be considered a resident there. If you have only been in custody for a short time then you can register at the address where you would normally live if you were not in custody. You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you are a longer-term remand prisoner then you can also choose to register for an address where you would be living if you were not a prisoner on remand or at an address where you used to live before you were remanded in custody.

You can do this by filling in a form called a ‘Declaration of local connection’. You can download a Register to vote form (no fixed address) from gov.uk. There are two forms – one for people in England and Wales and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.

Source: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/registering-to-vote-with-no-fixed-address

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