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.”
Why would one vote in EU elections other than where you live in EU so the disenfranchised like me would not be affected . Must be a minority of UK citizens RESIDENT abroad outwith EU – within 15 year rule who would wish to register to vote in the EU Election but if one has the right then so be it . Page 8 Electoral Commision report May 2014 “Expats are a particularly difficult AUDIANCE” I’ve said it before UK Westminster Establishment / Electoral Commission and any other ” commitee for same DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT DEMOCRACY IS . These ( presumed) UK Citizens “working” in / for aforesaid SHOULD START AT THE START – do they have the right in a democracy to DISENFRANNCHISE OTHER UK CITIZENS from right to representation ie Representation of the Peoples Acts ? The rest is British Bullshit . UK needs to dig itself out and then maybe the British Bulldog will have a comeback
Yes, if we were to add just 50% of these 82,000 British expats who registered to vote in Spain, to the 20,000 – 30,000 with less than 15 years abroad who regularly register to vote in UK elections,
we’d reach a politically important and significant average constituency size of 60,000 – 70,000 registered overseas voters.
Do the authors of this report have any idea (or any interest in) what proportion of those registered to vote in the European parliamentary elections in their EU countries of residence had no choice because they had been deprived of their right to vote in their own country by the iniquitous 15 year rule? That 82,000 British expats registered to vote in Spain is a strong indication that people really do value their voting rights; and many of those would have voted in the UK if they had not been excluded from doing so.