Category Archives: Outdated Objections to Voters Overseas

The British Expat Vote in 2015.

With the 2015 General Election in mind, the political parties are already trying to reach out to the 2.5-million Britons (out of the total of 5 – 6 million) living overseas, who they estimate are still eligible to vote in British … Continue reading

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No Clear Connection between British Citizenship and the Right to Vote

The lack of a clear connection in law between British citizenship and the right to vote has permitted successive British governments to allow the following injustice: Fellow but expatriate British citizens are rather arbitrarily in law deprived of their right … Continue reading

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British Expats also Contribute to the UK Economy

Despite what some politicians might suggest in denying them the vote, many British expats not only contribute to the UK economy via the taxes they continue to pay on eg their public sector pensions or the local council tax, energy, … Continue reading

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Why Change Nationality to Vote?

Questioning the resistance of some British  politicians to granting continuing voting rights for British citizens living abroad, , Ben Lenthall commented recently on our blog: “The answer from the authorities seems to be – if you want to live abroad, … Continue reading

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Overseas Voting Letter from Margaret Hales, a descendant of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst

Read this well argued, 5-point submission (from which extracts are given below) to the House of Lords All-Party Working Group on Overseas Voting  from Margaret Hales , who has lived in Spain for nearly seven years and is a descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst the … Continue reading

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Keep Voting Link with “Brain Drain”

Nine out of ten of the 149,000 British citizens who emigrated from the UK last year were of working age and up to 8000 were pensioners, all adding to the estimated 5 million or more living overseas. Of particular concern … Continue reading

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Low US Overseas Voter Turnout Similar to UK’s

Compared with the 30,000 or so British Citizens resident overseas who are registered to vote, the Overseas Vote Foundation has estimated a voter turnout figure of  some 240,000 – 280,000 for civilian Americans living overseas. Both countries have roughly the same … Continue reading

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