The more overseas voters at the 7th May General Election, the more pressure there will be on the next government to extend the right to vote to those many Britons abroad disenfranchised by the 15-year-rule.
Make sure that you are registered to vote on http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before the deadlines below. Nearly 7 in 10 people don’t know the deadline of 20th April to register to vote in the General Election.
The Electoral Commission recently launched a major public awareness campaign to remind people they must register to vote by the April 20 deadline if they want to take part in the General Election:
- 69 per cent do not know when the deadline to register to vote is, with 13 per cent thinking it is already too late to register. When given a choice of five options only 32 per cent correctly identified the deadline as 20 April.
- 40 per cent of those surveyed think it is not possible to register to vote online in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Over half (53 per cent) of 18-24 year olds didn’t know that they could register online.