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Postal Voting (UK)

Does anyone know what happens with postal voting? Should it have arrived by now?

I registered in time for the election, but no vote arrived. Then came a letter a few months ago asking if I would like to stay on the register. I sent it back.

I have sent a couple of emails but the council, but no response.
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Old 14.06.2016, 13:35
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Re: Postal Voting

I received mine a week or so ago, I registered in May.
My local council originally advised me to vote by proxy as they were not sending the postal vote packages out until the 14th June.
It makes you wonder if local authorities know what they are doing. At least mine replied to my emails!
I would ring them if I were you.
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Re: Postal Voting

I applied for Overseas Registration which I got very quickly and then had to apply for a postal vote (second form needed). I emailed this back to the council and got a ballot paper shortly afterwards, a few days before the letter telling me I had been granted a postal vote! If I recall correctly it did say that the ballot form may not arrive until 5 days before the election.
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Re: Postal Voting

I had the problem that my postal vote never arrived here for the last general election, so for the Referendum I changed to a proxy vote.

Both at the election, and now, however, I heard of different people receiving postal ballots at different times - it all depends on the local electoral office and how organised they are sending things out.

Could you try phoning them if they are not responding to emails?
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Re: Postal Voting

I hadn't bothered to register. Camden Council nicely emailed me about a month ago asking me if I'd like to, and gave me a URL to click. I printed off the form, signed it, took a photo and emailed it back.

Voting form arrived about a week later.
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Re: Postal Voting

I called the office. They could not say what had gone wrong. I can have a proxy vote (there is still time until tomorrow for these to be registered) but the person has to go to 'my' polling station. That seems an odd system where you have to find someone who can physically get to your designated station. My family all live 400 km away. Thank you for your responses.
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Re: Postal Voting

I registered last June, renewed in March and had somehow missed that I needed to register separately for a postal vote. As adrianlondon has done I printed off the form, scanned it and emailed it to my last UK council - Enfield in my case. This was accepted, I received the postal vote on Saturday and have just posted it back.
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Re: Postal Voting (UK)

I'm envious. Well, I found our old babysitter, emailed her out the blue to ask how she is going to vote, found out she will vote the same way as me, and she is happily going to go and vote for me. So, a good resolution.
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Re: Postal Voting (UK)

Are you registered to vote in the UK?

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I'm not certain if you have enough time to register to vote with a postal vote (maybe someone can comment), apparently its only a few days left for you to register to vote (at least if you live in the UK).

If you want to register to vote, you can do this via this link. https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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It asks questions if you are overseas so maybe you guys can also use this.

You need your NI number and post codes, it takes at most a couple of minutes! Totally pain free

ps. free to share the link with your nearest and dearest, especially the younger generation who seem to be afraid to vote for whatever reason.

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Old 18.05.2017, 19:20
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Re: Postal Voting (UK)

Not allowed to due to the 15 years out of the country rule.

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Re: Postal Voting (UK)

Yes, only been here 10 years, so I have registered.

I was told by my local election office, or whatever it's called, that my voting papers were being posted yesterday (17th May), so should arrive in the next couple of days.
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Re: Postal Voting (UK)

Hi,

over 15 years outside the UK which mean I was not able to vote against Brexit and now I will not be able to vote against the Tories.


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over 15 years outside the UK which mean I was not able to vote against Brexit and now I will not be able to vote against the Tories.

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Perhaps staying outside the country is the most effective expression of disapproval you can make?

I have to be honest, I'm torn on the 15 year issue. If you're keen to vote, it must be annoying but I do think it's a valid question -- whether there should be a cut-off. Can you not see that there's a case for saying that someone who's been away for >15 years (and perhaps many decades) has effectively permanently emigrated?
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Perhaps staying outside the country is the most effective expression of disapproval you can make?

I have to be honest, I'm torn on the 15 year issue. If you're keen to vote, it must be annoying but I do think it's a valid question -- whether there should be a cut-off. Can you not see that there's a case for saying that someone who's been away for >15 years (and perhaps many decades) has effectively permanently emigrated?
Perhaps, but owning a house in the UK means we pay council tax so why shouldn't we be able to vote that council in or out? I can do that here in Switzerland as we have voting rights at communal level here in Fribourg canton.

And considering it's a much more global jobs market than 50-60 years ago people are more likely to move abroad for many years. We wouldn't have moved if the OH hadn't received a job offer just when his other job in the UK was ending - should we be penalised because of that?

Plus no matter how long I'm out of the country for I'm still a British national. Why should some British nationals living abroad be allowed to vote and others not? I was very pissed off that I couldn't vote in the Brexit referendum, even though I'm going to be just as affected by it as any other Brit living in the EU/ETFA countries.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...ld-be-a-disas/

Plus the Tories have promised to scrap the 15 year rule and still haven't done so to the anger of hundreds of thousands of Brits living outside the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...on-vote-tories
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Re: Postal Voting (UK)

Owning a house and paying council tax but not living there for over 15 years? It's just a business transaction; why should someone disconnected from every day UK life be allowed to vote?

I'm a big believer in the 15 year rule.

I'm against the Swiss rule that resident tax payers can't vote if they're not Swiss.
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Owning a house and paying council tax but not living there for over 15 years? It's just a business transaction; why should someone disconnected from every day UK life be allowed to vote?

I'm a big believer in the 15 year rule.

I'm against the Swiss rule that resident tax payers can't vote if they're not Swiss.
It's not just a business transaction. We inherited the property from my OH parents when they passed away so we've only had it for a few years. We don't want to sell it as we may move back one day. We're both getting older so job prospects for the OH aren't as easy to come by, he's specialised but his skills are less and less in demand here from what I can see from my occasional checks on the job market.

If you're going to argue disconnection from UK life then surely that applies to all Brits living outside the UK, no matter how long or short that period is. So none of us should have a vote in that case. We have friends and family in the UK, we visit regularly so how does that make us different from others who do the same, but have just been away for less time?
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Old 18.05.2017, 22:15
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We have friends and family in the UK, we visit regularly so how does that make us different from others who do the same, but have just been away for less time?
Because the longer you're away the more disconnected you are from current everyday life. You are becoming more like a tourist. Once you move back, then you'll be able to vote.
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Because the longer you're away the more disconnected you are from current everyday life. You are becoming more like a tourist. Once you move back, then you'll be able to vote.
But so is someone who's been away for only 5 ot 10 years - yet they can vote.

And again - decisions taken in the UK affect Brits living outside the country as we've seen with Brexit. So why can't we have our say?
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Old 18.05.2017, 22:22
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But so is someone who's been away for only 5 ot 10 years - yet they can vote.

And again - decisions taken in the UK affect Brits living outside the country as we've seen with Brexit. So why can't we have our say?
The logic is that if you've been away for 15 years then your centre of life is probably in another country. I agree with you on your first point though - they should consider reducing it from 15 to 10 years.

Brexit, as a referendum, shouldn't have been held in the first place so I've no further comment on that
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Owning a house and paying council tax but not living there for over 15 years? It's just a business transaction; why should someone disconnected from every day UK life be allowed to vote?

I'm a big believer in the 15 year rule.
I strongly believe that the whole ruling needs to be readdressed. Since the referendum, I've met two people who weren't born in the UK, don't hold UK passports and have lived in Switzerland for several years, yet they had a vote in the referendum because they lived and worked there for a number of years. More to the point, they have no intention of ever living in the UK again and see they're future as being in Switzerland of back in their country of origin.

Perhaps there should be a ruling that UK passport holders and people who are entitled to a UK state pension, retain the right to vote.
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