Vote or election home
On May 5th, the first UK-wide referendum in 35 years will be held to give voters the chance to have their say on how MPs are elected to the House of Commons.
UK nationals living abroad will be able to take part in this referendum, providing they are registered on the electoral roll before April 14th. To do this, you need to register, then apply to vote by post or proxy, using forms that can be downloaded from the website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. UK citizens living abroad can register as 'overseas voters' if they have been registered to vote in the UK at any time in the past 15 years.
Postal ballot papers will be sent out shortly after April 14th with the question: “At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?” Vote (X) in one box only.” (Yes or No). The paper needs to be returned to the UK to arrive with the returning officer in the relevant constituency by 10pm on Thursday 5th May. If this timetable will be difficult for a voter to meet, they should consider using a proxy instead.
Further information: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk