Category Archives: Electoral Commission

British Expats: What happens to you if Britain leaves the EU?

Visit this recently established Expat Forum: What happens if Britain leaves the EU? and set up in response to growing concern within the British expatriate community of the consequences of a referendum on Britain’s future EU membership. If you are a … Continue reading

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Second Reading of Overseas Voters Bill, 23rd January 2015

There’s a significant next step on Friday 23rd January 2015, in our campaign for removal of the 15-year-limit on British overseas voters, with the second reading of the legislation for the Overseas Voters Bill during Upcoming Business in the House … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson Urges British Expats to Register to Vote!

London Mayor Boris Johnson in Singapore urging British expatriates to register to vote on http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . (With thanks to Colin Blackwell for the photograph.) With only an estimated 1% of British expatriates actually registered to vote ( 20,000 – 30,000  … 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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British Overseas Elector – How to Set Up an Absent Vote

One you’ve registered as an overseas voter on https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote , you will still need to set up an absent vote to be able to vote in the UK Parliamentary elections on 7th May, 2015. Links to the the required application forms … Continue reading

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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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Registration of British Citizens Abroad – House of Lords Briefing, 26th November, 2014

Find out more in the briefing paper below for today’s debate in the House of Lords on increasing registration of British citizens living abroad. “During the Electoral Commission’s campaign for overseas voters before the UK parliamentary elections in 2010, just over … Continue reading

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