The Electoral Commission is running a campaign to encourage British expats to enrol as overseas voters.
(PRWEB UK) 11 December 2013
It has been reported by iExpats that the Electoral Commission is running a campaign to encourage British expats to enrol as overseas voters. The Commission is also working to remove the rule which means expats lose the right to vote after 15 years overseas, and in order to help their work come to fruition, the Commission needs to persuade Parliament that expats would like to vote in UK elections from overseas.
The campaign, which is aimed at expats in Australia, Spain, Canada, and the UAE among other countries, needs to persuade 100,000 expats to register as overseas voters in order to increase the number of overseas voters for the 2015 general election. The campaign will be run online through adverts on Google, based on keyword searches, and contacting potential voters through relevant websites, alongside reaching expats through British newspapers with international services. The online campaign will be complemented by British consulates, embassies and political parties contacting expats who may be interested in voting in UK elections.
As experts in overseas removals, Interdean have helped thousands of families and individuals move overseas from the UK and so were interested in news of this recent campaign. A representative for the company offered their comments:
“Millions of British nationals move abroad each year, yet the number of registered overseas voters is thought to be around 30,000, so it is welcome news that a new campaign is aiming to improve this figure. Expats often like to keep up to date with news from their home country and voting can be particularly important to them, especially if they are considering moving back in the future. At Interdean, we would be interested to hear what British expats think of this new campaign, and whether they would register to be an overseas voter. We look forward to following this campaign and its effect on the 2015 general election.”
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