VOTING OVERSEAS

Who can Vote?

Any Singapore citizen residing overseas who satisfies the qualifying criteria may apply to the Elections Department to be registered as an overseas elector to cast his vote at one of the 10 overseas polling stations. Besides the overseas polling station that is allotted to him, the person will also be allotted a polling station in Singapore during an election, where he can go to cast his vote if he is back in Singapore on Polling Day.

The overseas polling stations are located within 10 designated Singapore High Commissions, Embassies or Consulates in countries/cities where there is a significant number of Singaporeans.

When to Vote?

During an election, the date and hours of the overseas polls will be published in the Singapore Government Gazette and announced through the Singapore media, as well as the websites of the Elections Department and Overseas Missions that serve as overseas polling stations.

Every registered overseas elector who has to vote (i.e. if his electoral division is contested in a Parliamentary election, or if a Presidential election is contested) will receive a poll letter from the Elections Department, which will be mailed to his overseas address. The poll letter will contain details of the date and hours of polling at his allotted overseas polling station. For those who have provided their email address in their application form, a similar poll letter will also be sent to them. At the same time, a poll card containing details of the Polling Day in Singapore, and name/venue of the local polling station allotted to them, will be sent to their latest Singapore NRIC address or Local Contact Address (LCA). The LCA is the contact address in Singapore that an overseas Singaporean registered with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority after changing his NRIC address to an overseas address.

Every overseas elector is allowed to vote only once during an election either at the overseas polling station or local polling station that has been allotted to him. Any overseas elector who goes to vote at the local polling station allotted to him will be required to make a declaration that he had not voted in the same election before he can be issued with a ballot paper.

Last updated: 31 Mar 2017