Category Archives: Overseas Voter Turnout:UKvsUS

British Expats are “Spectators to Democracy”

As British expatriates are we fairly represented in Westminster? The answer must be no given the historically low turnout rates (a maximum of only some 30,000 registered to vote out of 5 – 6 million), and political disenfranchisement anyway after … 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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Voting from Australia

Continuing the theme as to whether British citizens living abroad are apathetic or not about voting in UK elections (as is still your right for up to 15 years), Australia is a good example to take, hosting the largest (+1 million) and farthest … Continue reading

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Overseas Voters Are British Citizens Living Abroad.

British overseas voters are British citizens living abroad, according to the Electoral Commission’s website http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. This states that: Every British citizen who has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years is eligible to vote in … 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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British Diaspora is a National Resource.

Why doesn’t the British government show more interest, compared with other countries such as the US, in retaining links with its citizens moving overseas? One illustration of this is that after 15 years away,  British citizens living overseas automatically lose their … Continue reading

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Low Turnout Should Not Mean No Vote!

Why at a time of increasing disengagement from the political process in a democratic society, are British citizens in general not more actively encouraged, or indeed inspired in the case of the younger generation, to vote? In the case of … Continue reading

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Outdated Objections to British Voters Overseas

The previous objections below to British voters overseas quoted in the House of Commons Library Standard Note:SN/PC/5923 “Overseas Voters”, seem now rather outdated in an Internet age, when British citizens around the world were able to take pride in British achievements at the … Continue reading

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Lord Lexden Continues to Challenge the 15-Year-limit for Overseas Voters.

The extract below from the 25th July, 2012 House of Lords debate on electoral reform, shows how Lord Lexden in particular continues to take the lead in challenging the 15-year limit for British citizens voting from overseas. You can show your support if you … Continue reading

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