Here are some thoughtful comments below from Frank Lowther following Harry Shindler’s recent interview with The Economist , to which the logical answer would be to have a separate constituency or constituencies for representation of the different requirements of British overseas voters. This implies, however, some +100,000 registered overseas voters to reach typical constituency size or more and gain the associated political support for change including removal of the current 15-year-limit on overseas voting rights. You can register as an overseas voter to try and make a difference.
“A practical question for Mr. Shindler: In which district should your vote be tallied, should your right to do so be restored?
Perhaps expat votes tallied in their last district of residence might work. But what of the person who lived most of their life in one district, then moved to another one for a short time prior to relocating overseas?
And any system that provides discretion to expats risks concentrating their votes in a particular district (with the potential to disenfranchise the actual residents of said district).
Expat votes in some systems can work without too much issue (for example, in US presidential elections, or national referenda). But they’re problematic in district/constituency systems.
By no means am I suggesting the disenfranchisement of expats; in general I agree with Mr. Shindler. I merely point out the issue is not merely one of “can you vote or not?” “
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