They're not voting because...
- I am not allowed to vote, because I ...
I am not allowed to vote, because I am not a British citizen, I am Dutch.written 28th Apr 2005
Although I lived and worked in England for eighteen years, my children go to school here, I pay my taxes here, but I have no vote to choose who will represent me at Westminster.
Bodshal replies: Did you apply to naturalise (become a UK citizen)?
It's quite clear that residence does not equal citizenship. A major difference between the two is whether you can vote.
As I recall, after a certain number of years of legal residence, and a few other criteria, you can apply to naturalise. I have a number of friends and colleagues who have successfully done this.written 28th Apr 2005
tiger43 replies: If I emmigrated to a country to live and work, raise family etc, I would not expect that country to allow me to vote. You can`t have your cake and eat it, so to speak. Unless I became a citizen of that country thus binding me by its laws and regulations. Once a citizen then and only then will I expect to be allowed to vote.written 28th Apr 2005
Nonapatheticyouth replies: Um... mum? haha, sorry... but this sounds like my mother writing in every single detail. Obviously it's not because she can't operate a computer without causing some kind of malfunctionwritten 28th Apr 2005