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How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Old Apr 10th 2010, 11:08 am
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Default How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Funnily enough, I doubt I'll be able to - I leave the house at 5 most mornings to get to my job in London, and rarely get back before 10. I do sometimes stay over in a cheap b&b when I get too tired, but even then it means I can't vote at my designated station.

How many posters here will vote, and does anyone feel they shouldn't (if they now live in Spain)?
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Is there an election happening....?

Ive not heard about it...
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

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Is there an election happening....?

Ive not heard about it...
You're luckier than you realise !
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Unfortunately Screaming Lord Sutch will not be standing this time
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

I have now been disenfranchised (what a lovely word).

As I have not lived in the UK for 15 years I have lost the right to vote.
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Is it true that if you dont vote, your vote goes to the existing party??
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Smile Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by steviedeluxe
Funnily enough, I doubt I'll be able to - I leave the house at 5 most mornings to get to my job in London, and rarely get back before 10. I do sometimes stay over in a cheap b&b when I get too tired, but even then it means I can't vote at my designated station.

How many posters here will vote, and does anyone feel they shouldn't (if they now live in Spain)?
Its very easy to get a postal vote (I have just done it and my son did it yesterday) for the May election. All entitled (up to 15yrs away) expats can also get a postal vote.
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Old Apr 10th 2010, 12:27 pm
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Yes it's easy to get a postal vote but near impossible to vote from abroad by post because of tight time schedule. We are using our daughter as a proxy.
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by gardner8
Yes it's easy to get a postal vote but near impossible to vote from abroad by post because of tight time schedule. We are using our daughter as a proxy.
Are you sure that's legal?

No - I won't be voting, partly because I can't be bothered to find out how but I don't think I'd bother even if I was in the UK.
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Old Apr 10th 2010, 12:38 pm
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Are you sure that's legal?

No - I won't be voting, partly because I can't be bothered to find out how but I don't think I'd bother even if I was in the UK.
Absolutyly legal there is a place on the application form for you to ask for that as well.
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by Fred James
I have now been disenfranchised (what a lovely word).

As I have not lived in the UK for 15 years I have lost the right to vote.
Are you sure? Last week I emailed my local (my dad's) electoral office and was informed I'm still on the electoral roll. Left Britain in mid 80s. They assume I still live there, are sending me a postal vote application form (as I'd requested).
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by steviedeluxe
Funnily enough, I doubt I'll be able to - I leave the house at 5 most mornings to get to my job in London, and rarely get back before 10. I do sometimes stay over in a cheap b&b when I get too tired, but even then it means I can't vote at my designated station.

How many posters here will vote, and does anyone feel they shouldn't (if they now live in Spain)?
A very good question, I feel that the "if you dont play the game, dont make the rules" should apply.

It seems unfair to me that people who have left any country, should have a say on how the country is run in their absence, temporarily or permanent, and decide how the lives of the resident population should be governed.

It is like a catholic preist giving birth control advice.
Easy for them to say, they, as single "celibate " men would never have to live with the consequence.
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Old Apr 10th 2010, 2:34 pm
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by expatasia
Are you sure? Last week I emailed my local (my dad's) electoral office and was informed I'm still on the electoral roll. Left Britain in mid 80s. They assume I still live there, are sending me a postal vote application form (as I'd requested).
you do lose your right after 15 years of leaving the country


of course they have know that have actually left
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Old Apr 10th 2010, 2:36 pm
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by JLFS
A very good question, I feel that the "if you dont play the game, dont make the rules" should apply.

It seems unfair to me that people who have left any country, should have a say on how the country is run in their absence, temporarily or permanent, and decide how the lives of the resident population should be governed.

It is like a catholic preist giving birth control advice.
Easy for them to say, they, as single "celibate " men would never have to live with the consequence.
Well said, I for one will not be voting. How can I make a fair decission on a country I left 5 years ago and only have the opinions of a few on here about the state of the country, who am I to help make decissions about the future of peoples jobs and lives when I don't live there?
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Default Re: How many of you are voting in the UK election?

Originally Posted by JLFS
A very good question, I feel that the "if you dont play the game, dont make the rules" should apply.

It seems unfair to me that people who have left any country, should have a say on how the country is run in their absence, temporarily or permanent, and decide how the lives of the resident population should be governed.

It is like a catholic preist giving birth control advice.
Easy for them to say, they, as single "celibate " men would never have to live with the consequence.
I totally agree

and it does bug me that I can't vote in national elections here in Spain
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