Category Archives: French Expat Voters

Debate on Low Electoral Registration Rates of British Citizens Abroad.

This link to the Hansard record of the House of Lords debate on 26th November, 2014 concerns the question of the low electoral registration rates of British citizens living overseas. Some selected extracts to quickly illustrate the flavour of the debate … Continue reading

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Differing Interpretations of Expatriate Democracy in France and UK

We are grateful for the supporting article below in the April, 2013 edition of  The Connexion, English language newspaper in France. Through interviews with French MPs representing French expatriates, the article compares and contrasts the differing interpretations of democracy in France and the UK … 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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Electoral Reform & Overseas Voter Registration

Below is an update on Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown’s progress in Parliament on 19th June and the important Clause 3 which seeks to remove the 15 year time limit on British overseas voters, to be debated 27th June, 2012. Highlighting the major difficulties with the … Continue reading

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Case for Improving Overseas Registration & Voting Procedures.

France’s recent presidential and legislative elections provide some interesting insights to overseas voting practices. Despite over 1 million registered French overseas voters compared with 30,000 for their British counterparts, only some 3600 French citizens voted by post (the only option … Continue reading

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Benefits of Overseas Voting via Internet.

Surely we British overseas citizens and the British government could also benefit from the convenience, cost savings and higher turnout impact of internet voting, as demonstrated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their world map showing the percentage … Continue reading

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French Inspire 1 Million Overseas Citizens to Vote

How can the French authorities inspire and organise 1 million of their overseas citizens to vote in national elections but not the British with their own? Old soldier Harry Shindler does not need inspiring – just the right to vote! … Continue reading

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