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Tuesday deadline for UK expat voter registration

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 19 Apr 2010, 13:49

Published: 19 Apr 2010 13:49 GMT+02:00

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This is the deadline for post and proxy votes in the election which will be held on May 6th.

Of the 5.5 million Brits living overseas only 13,987 are registered to vote according to the latest figures from the Electoral Commission published in December 2009, amounting to less than 0.25 percent.

The commission has in recent months launched an advertising campaign to encourage more Brits registered overseas to vote in a process that has been criticised in some quarters for being complicated and time-consuming.

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All those eligible to vote in the general and local elections can register here.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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14:33 April 19, 2010 by Marc the Texan
+1 for David Cameron
15:06 April 19, 2010 by Kevin Harris
I am a UK expat, but take the view that as I don't intend to live under the government I vote for, then I shouldn't vote for it. Why should my vote change the way other people live, but make no change for me?
15:08 April 19, 2010 by byke
its almost impossible to register.

I asked if I could take my passport up to the british embassy and get it countersigned for the form and was told they couldnt do that and suggested I go into any british pub and ask a british drunk (basically) to sign my form and provide me with all their personal details, passport number etc ... then I could register to vote. Its a joke!
15:15 April 19, 2010 by Keith #5083
I am with your standard of integrity,Kevin Harris. I also will not vote for the same reason.
15:50 April 19, 2010 by zircon
David Cameron: change in Britain and British Politics. Sounding more and more each day like Margot Wallstrom's constant idea of positive change in politics (for women). And in a more serious way, here too he is sounding more like Anna Lind. Is that good or bad for the Conservatives?
21:01 April 19, 2010 by Glempa
Registering is very simple, but the only difficult part is finding another expat Brit to witness it. Luckily I know one and we both countersigned each others. Voting by postal vote is a problem because they say they will only send out the ballot paper four days before polling. That is 4 days to receive the ballot paper and return it before close of polling! I am voting 'by poxy', but it doesn't suit everyone.
21:16 April 19, 2010 by Dogs_Gonads
Have been living in Germany since '91. So cant vote in the UK national election.Not a German citizen so cant vote in theirs either.

21:57 April 19, 2010 by Jasoncarter
Keiths, if you think that the government of the UK is none of your business then you probably won't want to avail yourself of the Embassy facilities that they so kindly provide for you in Sweden. Nor will you worry about how the Passport Agency issues passports (no longer issued by the embassy and now much more expensive to obtain when overseas, thanks to government policies). Your status as an EU citizen has been negotiated by the government of the UK.

If you're a British subject then the British Government is your business. British policies don't just end at the border. I think there's quite a fair few Iraqis who would confirm that.
07:12 April 20, 2010 by Kevin Harris

I read all three party manifestos carefully, but not one refers to the British embassy in Stockholm, the price of passports, or an intention to invade Sweden.

I can't speak for Keith, but I promise that when they mention any of these important issues, I will reconsider my decision to abstain.
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