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Elections: Armed Forces

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the 191,000 regular military personnel are registered to vote. [HL6243]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of military personnel registered to vote have applied for (a) postal votes, and (b) proxy votes. [HL6245]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many military personnel were registered to vote in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, and (c) 2008. [HL6247]

The report of a survey on service voter registration conducted by Defence Analytical Services and Advice in November 2008 provides an estimate of the number of service personnel who are currently registered to vote and draws comparison with the results of similar surveys carried out in each of the previous three years. The survey indicates that 65 per cent of service personnel were registered to vote in 2008 compared to 60 per cent in 2005. A copy of the survey is available in the Library of the House. Information prior to 2005 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

We do not hold data on the numbers of service personnel registered to vote who have applied for a postal or a proxy vote.