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Should expatriates have a right to vote ?

Source: Expatriate Healthcare - Wed 3rd Apr 2013
Should expatriates have a right to vote ?

British expatriates residing abroad currently lose their right to vote automatically after a period of 15 years living in a foreign country.

This length of time could be extended depending on the outcome of a debate that is being staged in the House of Lords, but what is the policy in other countries?

According to research carried out by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance there are a total of 120 countries worldwide that allow their expat citizens to vote, while 62 do not.

Of these, 22 out of 27 countries within the European Union offer expats the right to vote irrespective of the amount of time they have been out of the country, reports The News International.

In France there are 12 seats in the country's senate reserved to represent those citizens who reside abroad, showing a belief in the importance that this demographic is represented.

Among those nations where expats are barred from voting are Pakistan and India, as well as Turkey, South Africa and Andorra.

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Comment on this Story

Even though I cast my vote as an overseas resident in the last General Election, I expect that mine was one of the many votes "lost" in the sysetm. I expect that this has been the case for many expat voters over many years - all this does is formally acknowledge that our votes don't count !
C Timpson - Thu, 4th Apr 2013

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