They're not voting because...
- I'm British, but living in Canada. ...
I'm British, but living in Canada. I'd like a postal vote, but I can't have one that will count.
According to aboutmyvote.co.uk, they'll send it a week before the election, and I need to mail it back to arrive by the end of election day. Since airmail takes about a week each way, there's no way my vote will be counted.written 16th Apr 2005
square peg replies: Postal voting isn't your only option. You can also vote by Proxy (where you nominate someone to vote on your behalf). This is specifically designed for overseas voters. Details are below:
I don't know if you'll be able to make the arrangements in time. But it should be worth looking at.written 16th Apr 2005
Matthew replies: I thought somebody might suggest that. It wouldn't be that simple for me, as I don't have anybody whom I could nominate who'd be able to get to the polling station where I last lived.
I could probably nominate somebody somewhere else and have them use a postal vote, but that seems like a lot of hoops for me to ask somebody else to jump through on my behalf. Why I should have to rely on favours from others for my vote to count?written 16th Apr 2005