Category Archives: Electoral Reform & Overseas Voter Reg.

One Million Missing Voters but Where are the British Expats?

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 … Continue reading

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Reason for disappearing British Overseas Voters too?

With the passing of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, every British citizen will soon need to register individually (instead of on the current household basis), leading to fears that many voters are disappearing from the electoral roll (see articles linked … Continue reading

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Lack of British Expatriate Voter Engagement in the UK

War veteran Harry Shindler, who has been campaigning for many years to abolish the “15-year rule” which blocks millions of Britons overseas from voting in UK elections, has been left disappointed by a letter from Downing Street. “He  hoped that with support from … Continue reading

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IER Difficulties Mean British Expats Should Proactively Register to Vote.

Given the difficulties below in identifying individual voters resident in the UK, the challenge is even greater for the Electoral Commission  which is charged with canvassing and encouraging up to some 3 million British citizens (out of the estimated 5 – 6 million living … Continue reading

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British Expats Also Responsible Members of Society

Chloe Smith, the Cabinet Office Minister for Political & Constitutional Reform, quoted in the article below on initial checks of Individual Electoral Registration, said: “If you aren’t on the [electoral] register, you can’t vote, simple as that – but it’s also an important … Continue reading

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Lord Lexden Success : All Party Inquiry on Overseas Voting Rights.

The 23rd of January, Lord Lexden returned with some success to the Overseas Voting Rights question, at the House of Lords Committee report stage of the Electoral Registration & Administration Bill (ERA). There is final recognition that this issue is … Continue reading

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Lord Lexden: Reasons Why Should Remove 15-Year-Limit..

Lord Lexden set out in full the reasons why all British citizens living overseas should have the right to vote in British elections when the House of Lords debated his amendments to the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill on January … Continue reading

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Overseas Voter Focal Point for Action – Referendum on EU Membership.

Jeremy Fillenham – 6 days ago “With 2,250 votes registered on this site in some 2 years, votes for expats would appear to be a less than burning issue as far as most of us are concerned. Either the majority … Continue reading

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Why No Cross-Party Consensus on 15-Year-Rule Reform?

Wayne David is Labour MP for Caerphilly and Shadow Minister for Political & Constitutional Reform. He’s challenged the government before over its proposed constituency boundary changes and plans for individual voter registration, the latter forming a key part of the parliamentary bill … Continue reading

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15-Year-Rule Unnecessary Complication of Tax Law

The incompatibility of the 15-year-limit with interpretation of tax law, underlies the British government’s rather ambiguous position on overseas voting rights i.e. that the right to vote is not necessarily related to paying taxes in the UK (although many British … Continue reading

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