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Overseas Voters

Volume 563: debated on Thursday 16 May 2013

8. What further steps have been taken to make it easier for those eligible to vote overseas to register. (155332)

The Electoral Commission will run online public awareness campaigns aimed at overseas electors ahead of the 2014 European parliamentary elections, the 2015 UK general election and during the transition to individual electoral registration. These will be targeted at countries with the largest expatriate communities.

The franchise for an in/out referendum will be set out in any legislation that authorises it. If my hon. Friend wishes to make sure that expats have the vote, he ought to study the draft Bill carefully and make representations to the House.