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General election and the Euros – how to vote if you’re out in Germany

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week or so, you will have noticed that a general election has been called in the UK, which is due to take place on 4th July.

For many thousands of you who will be out at the Euros in Germany, this poses the potential problem of how to cast your vote.

Election day falls on one of the tournament’s rest days between the round of 16 and the quarter finals, and while we won’t assume that England will definitely make it that far through the knock-out stages, it’s best to prepare for that eventuality.

We know that many people will have planned holidays around the tournament regardless of England’s progress, and will be wondering what they need to do.

The FSA is non party-political, so we won’t be telling you who to vote for, but as a democratic organisation ourselves we are keen to ensure that people have their say, which is why we have produced the following information.

If you know that you will be away on polling day, check out the information below to make sure that you don’t lose out on your chance to vote in the general election.

Deadlines and processes can vary slightly depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – the dates below refer to England, but full details are provided at the links below.

Who can vote?

Anyone aged 18 or over on 4th July can vote in the general election as long as they are a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a Republic of Ireland citizen with a UK address.

If you are a UK citizen who lives abroad, you can register to vote in the constituency where you were previously resident or on the electoral roll.

To ensure you are eligible to vote, you need to register. The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 23:59 BST on Tuesday 18 June.

How can I vote if I’m at the Euros?

Polling stations are open between 07:00 and 22:00 on election day, so if you happen to be travelling out to Germany on 4th July it’s possible you can make an early stop at your local polling station.

If voting in person, remember that you will need one of the acceptable forms of photo ID for voting. If you’re on your way to Germany then you should have your passport with you anyway, so that’s handy.

If you know that you will not be able to vote in person, however, one option is to apply for a postal vote.

You will need to prove your identity when applying, and the deadline to apply for a postal vote for the general election is 17:00 on Wednesday 19 June.

Postal ballots will arrive on doorsteps in late June, so for those of you who are planning on travelling back and forth between the UK and Germany between fixtures and who expect to be in the UK in late June or early July, this may be the best solution.

If, however, you’re planning on spending the whole tournament out in Germany and won’t be around to receive a postal vote you can nominate a proxy, which is someone who you trust to vote on your behalf.

They must also be eligible and registered to vote in order to be your proxy.

If you have previously applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this has expired and you will need to apply again.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the general election is 17:00 on Wednesday 26 June.

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