The House of Commons Committee Report below on Voter Engagement in the UK concludes the section on Overseas Voters ( pages 39 – 42 ) with the following recommendation (page 42):
“We expect to see a comprehensive plan from the Government in response to our Report, setting out how it plans to increase registration rates for overseas voters.”
“We recommend that, at a minimum, this includes using UK embassies to promote registrations to British citizens living abroad, working with the BBC to put out information through BBC World and the World Service, and making changes to voting to make it more convenient to overseas voters.”
This is the Committee’s reaction to the unacceptable fact that only 19,245 overseas voters were registered in December 2012 (out of the estimated 4.7 – 5.5 million British citizens living abroad).
We continue to argue against the 15-year-rule which already excludes perhaps half this number of British citizens living abroad, but need the support of many more from the other 2.35 – 2.75 million who can still vote, to register on-line by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Voter Engagement Report Nov 2014 : Report by the Political & Constutional Reform Committee of the House of Commons
The Committee also invites you to contribute to the discussion on doing more to increase registration for those people under represented on the electoral registers including British citizens living overseas. Dead-line : Friday 9th January, 2015.