How to Register?
Singapore citizens who are residing abroad may apply to be registered as an overseas elector to vote by post or at one of the 10 overseas polling stations if they satisfy the qualifying criteria. Application for registration as an overseas elector is open all-year round. However, in accordance with the law, applications will not be processed during the period from the 3rd day after the Writ for an election is issued until the Polling Day for the election. Overseas Singaporeans who are successful in their applications to be registered as overseas electors will receive an official notification from the Elections Department confirming their status as a postal voter if they have opted to vote by post or informing the location of their allotted overseas polling station if they have opted to vote in person at one of the overseas polling stations during registration.
Application for registration as an overseas elector can be made online via Voter Services using Singpass. Once registered, an elector’s overseas elector status will remain valid if he:
(i) meets the residency requirement of having resided in Singapore for an aggregate of at least 30 days within the 3-year period prior to the cut-off date (the prescribed date) of the newly revised registers; and
(ii) votes at contested elections.
An elector’s overseas elector status will become invalid when he:
(i) applies to cancel his overseas elector registration, if he has returned to Singapore permanently and no longer require overseas voting facility; or
(ii) fails to vote in a contested election.
Can Non-Voters Register as Overseas Electors?
Non-voters with local NRIC address
If a person did not vote at a contested election previously, his name would have been removed from the Register of Electors. Such a person is known as a non-voter. Non-voters are encouraged to apply to restore their names to the Registers of Electors early, and restoration will be based on their latest NRIC address or Local Contact Address (LCA).
If the non-voter is an overseas Singaporean, and he wishes to vote by post or at one of the overseas polling stations, he must first apply to restore his name to the Register of Electors. He can do so online via Voter Services using Singpass. Once his name is restored, he may apply to be registered as an overseas elector.
Non-voters with overseas NRIC address
If a non-voter wishes to vote overseas and has changed his NRIC address to his overseas address, he must first register an LCA and apply for his name to be restored to the Register of Electors. The application for restoration can only be processed after his LCA has been registered with Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Once his name is restored, he may apply to be registered as an overseas elector.Register LCA