February 26 is overseas registration day to register your vote in EU elections
The European elections may not be seen as all that important by many Brits but that hasn’t stopped the UK government going all out to publicise that expats living overseas will be able to have their say.
The Electoral Commission has launched an international campaign in an effort to bolster the number of expats on the UK’s electoral registers. To bolster that number the commission has declared tomorrow, Wednesday the 26th of February as Overseas Registration Day. The commission says that not many UK expats living overseas are aware that they are still eligible to vote in the Euro elections which are set to take place in May.
“Estimates show that there may be as many as 5.5 million UK citizens living overseas, but the latest figures showed that there were only around 20,000 on the UK electoral registers. Many of those living overseas do not even know that they may be eligible to vote in some UK elections, so it’s important that our campaign is as far reaching as possible. This is why we are urging expats to take five minutes on Overseas Registration Day to visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/overseas and make sure they will be able to have their say,” said a spokeswoman for the Electoral Commision.
Every UK expat overseas who has been registered to vote in the past 15 years is eligible to vote in EU elections and even UK parliamentary elections. The deadline for expats to register is May 6th with the Euro elections due to be held on the 22nd of that month.