Page 8 of this Report by the Electoral Commission on the May 2014 European & Local Elections in England and Northern Ireland , shows that British expatriates are a particularly difficult audience to target. Shouldn’t you as a British citizen living abroad and still able to vote, respond by registering on-line here to vote in the 2015 General Election? If you can’t vote due to the 15-year-limit, we’d appreciate you adding your support here in our on-line poll to remove this restriction on our voting rights.
“1.31 Due to their dispersed nature and the lack of reliable data on their numbers, British expatriates are a particularly difficult audience to target.This year we did a number of things differently for this aspect of the campaign, including working more closely with partners and holding an Overseas Registration Day. We achieved a total of 7,079 overseas registration form downloads from our website, which exceeded the number of forms downloaded during the campaigns undertaken prior to the European Parliamentary elections in 2009 (5,566) but fell well short of our target of 25,000 forms. Although we were disappointed not to hit our target we recognise that expatriates at these elections may have chosen to register to vote in their EU countries of residence. For example, according to official figures from Spain, 82,000 out of 336,586 foreigners registered to vote ahead of the European elections were British nationals.”
“1.32 Despite not hitting our target for this element of campaign, we did receive a very positive reaction to our adverts, with over 87,000 clicks on our online advertising being recorded during the course of the campaign. It is possible that many of these individuals felt the process of downloading, printing – and then having another British passport holder countersign – the form was too onerous a task. The introduction of online registration will make this process a great deal more straightforward in future.”