In a speech today at Sheffield Hallam University Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is launching a voter registration drive. He is claiming that following the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER), resulting in universities and colleges no longer block-registering their students, those in government “are sitting by and watching hundreds of thousands of young people in our country lose their democratic rights”.
The government’s swift response is that this is why on-line registration has been introduced as a more convenient option on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
This article “Who are Britain’s 1m-plus missing voters?” doesn’t get around to also including the 2 million or so missing British expatriate voters, not yet excluded by the 15-year-limit although the Electoral Commission will be launching another expat voter registration drive before the May 2015 general election.
If you are looking for a good enough reason to register to vote , some British expatriates resident within the European Union (EU) are already concerned enough about the possibility of a referendum on EU membership, to have establised an EXPAT FORUM: What happens if Britain leaves the EU? as well as a Facebook Group: UK Citizens in the EU – The impact of a Brexit. Why not join them?
Surely there are enough concerned British expatriates among the 1 million or so resident within the EU, to increase the current 20,000 – 30,000 registered overseas voters to at least 100,000 (more than an average UK constituency size) by registering on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote ?