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Forum: The Barbie
Nov 17th 2012, 8:39 am
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

I'd just like to say that overall I've much appreciated the feedback provided so far by all contributors to this thread, whether for or against the principle of expat voting rights.
When I've...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 14th 2012, 8:25 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

It's almost impossible for overseas voters to use the postal vote due to the too short period between the ballot papers becoming available & polling day.
At least the government has recognised that...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 12th 2012, 9:28 am
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

Yes, I've been trying to get some idea as to why not many British citizens living overseas (5-6 million) actually register to vote in UK elections (some 30,000) while they still have the right. This...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 11th 2012, 11:15 am
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

Here's at least some support for voting rights for the Irish diaspora from the Irish Times.
"Some expatriates may resent being asked to help a society that failed them. If the Government wishes to...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 10th 2012, 2:10 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

Strangely enough the standard UK government's response is that the right to vote is not necessarily related to paying UK taxes or not since other nationals (apart from Commonwealth & Irish citizens)...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 10th 2012, 9:42 am
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

As furbacchione says below, democracy is about choice & the UK gives you up to 15 years away to be able to choose vote or not eg because by then the law determines that you have severed all links...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 9th 2012, 9:44 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

I was aware that as an Australian citizen it's compulsary to vote, which is also the case in Belgium where I used to live. Normally you have to be a national to be able to vote which you say is also...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 9th 2012, 4:27 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Expat Voting Apathy?

Do you vote in Australian national elections then northernbird to influence the choice of government where you live, assuming you are a British citizen resident there?



Furbacchione,
You don't...
Forum: The Barbie
Nov 9th 2012, 1:53 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 2,715
Posted By Rod_ph

Expat Voting Apathy?

"Not so much about apathy necessarily. More so about the barriers put in place by successive British governments. Paper based ballot papers that require postage from the UK to Australia and back...
Forum: Europe
Jan 14th 2012, 1:43 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

It's good to get some more positive observations from the House of Lords on the problems facing British overseas voters!.:)
View this video link to the 12th January, 2012 debate in the House of...
Forum: Europe
Jan 4th 2012, 2:54 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

Hello Domino,
It's good to note the continuing interest with over 2000 hits on the thread encouraging me to keep plugging away at the theme of voting rights.
The UK is currently chairing the...
Forum: Europe
Dec 22nd 2011, 5:51 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

Hello Domino,
I think you sum it up very well with your "sitting on the fence" description of the attitude our judiciary, which seems to want to give a nod towards the European courts while at the...
Forum: Europe
Dec 17th 2011, 12:06 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

The free movement of goods, services and citizens of member states is guaranteed by treaty within the European Union (EU). It's interesting then that the high court judgement in London recently went...
Forum: Europe
Dec 8th 2011, 6:58 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

It's good to hear from you again, Domino, and not least with the encouragement for me to at least keep pegging away!
I've just heard that the parallel James Preston voting rights claim against the...
Forum: Europe
Nov 27th 2011, 6:12 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

.....and so another way to address a political problem is via the media!
With the British public holding its armed forces in high esteem, the government needs to be careful not to upset the media...
Forum: Europe
Nov 22nd 2011, 3:11 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

The main point made in the British government’s latest response to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the Harry Shindler challenge to the 15 year non-residence rule, which limits his voting...
Forum: Europe
Nov 16th 2011, 9:36 am
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Voting Rights

Remembrance Day last Friday brought to mind WWII veteran Harry Shindler's BBC interview (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13347616) about his lost voting rights.
Forum: Europe
Nov 10th 2011, 10:06 am
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Voting Rights

To continue this discussion, what's the general feeling about the practical case of expat Brit James Preston below?

James Preston’s expat voting rights case against the British government was...
Forum: Europe
Nov 5th 2011, 2:37 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Voting Rights

Hello Domino,
You suggested getting rid of the postal vote in your last posting.

The Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform has reported on the 4th November 2011 , on the subject...
Forum: Europe
Nov 2nd 2011, 5:02 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

Hello Domino,
Nice to hear from you again on the reply from the Constitutional Group in the Cabinet Office, although with your security experience I fully expected my posting on the threats from...
Forum: Europe
Nov 2nd 2011, 11:46 am
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Re: Voting Rights

The difficulties of dealing with a rather out-dated way of registering and then voting has been one objection raised by expats, given the more modern communications available in the internet age.
In...
Forum: Europe
Oct 31st 2011, 2:11 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

The response below from the Constitution Group in the Cabinet Office, seems to place voteless British Citizens overseas but still paying UK tax, in the same category as some foreign nationals living...
Forum: Europe
Oct 29th 2011, 8:53 am
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

This is just a note to say that yesterday 28th October was the deadline set for the British government's response to the European Court of Human Rights, before they consider their verdict on the case...
Forum: Europe
Oct 26th 2011, 5:46 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

Hello John & Kath,
Thanks for your input to this thread.
According to the Electoral Commission you should go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk (http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk) to download a form and register....
Forum: Europe
Oct 25th 2011, 8:05 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 15,328
Posted By Rod_ph

Smile Re: Voting Rights

Hello Domino,
Your invaluable assistance and feedback has been much appreciated in helping keep this Voting Rights thread going over the past few months . If only there were more like you to also...
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