Why does the government need to abolish the absurd 15-year restriction on voting rights? And why must British expats everywhere register to vote as soon as possible? Because as many as 9% of the British people live abroad!
And there’s a general election on 7th May, 2015.
A surprising statistic this 9% perhaps, but consider the following, based on the UK’s Annual Population Survey estimates for the year 2013, published on 28 August 2014 by the Office for National Statistics:
UK resident population – 62.6 million
minus non-British UK residents – 4.9 million
= Total number of British citizens in the UK – 57.7 million
plus the British abroad – 5.6 million (IPPR estimates based on British passports issued to addresses abroad)
= Total British citizens, resident in UK + abroad – 63.3 million
The British abroad as a percentage of all British = 8.8%
You still have time to register on-line to vote in the general election here on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
I fully support the view expressed by Meroe Taylor. The situation describes mine perfectly
I am one of the disenfranchised. As I have lived in the Netherlands for longer than 15 years as a British subject with a British Passport, I cannot vote in the British elections I am also excluded from registering to vote in the election of Dutch elections.
I am culturally British and shall always be so. What happens in my country of origin is of great importance to me. For instance, my two sons, who are also British subjects, could conceivably be called upon to fight, yet I can have no say in the choosing of leadership in my country.
How, in this day and age, can one be thusly deprived of one’s democratic right to take part in voting. I am shocked and disgusted.
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