UK expats – Don’t miss out, you may be able to vote in the UK General Election
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From 2015 people can register to vote online. The Electoral Commission hopes that the new online process will encourage more UK nationals living overseas to register to take part in elections from overseas.
Estimates show that there may be as many as 5.5 million UK nationals living overseas, but there are fewer than 20,000 currently on the electoral register.
If you are a British national living overseas, then you may be able to take part in the UK general elections. In order to do this you must register as an overseas voter. If you are not registered to vote, you won’t have the chance to have a say at the election. You’re not too far away to take part and have your say at the UK General Election, so make sure you register well ahead of any registration deadlines.
If you are registered then you get a sya in the UK General Elections and Referendums. If we want the UK to stay in the EU then we need to have our say !
The good news is that you can now register online. This should make it much easier for people to take the first step in taking part.
You can now go online to register www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
To register as an overseas elector you must have been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years.
Don't forget that if you are a resident in Portugal you are also entitled to vote in your Local Elections and European Elections.
I (the editor) was amazed when I went to my local Freguesia (Nadadouro) to register, as, despite there being hundreds of Expats in my area I was only the second one ever to register to vote. It's really easy, just take your residents certificate or card to your local freguesia/junta and ask to register, it takes about 10 minutes.