Britons Voting Abroad
Links to Official Reports and Documents
‘The UK Government’s Response to the Electoral Commission’s reports on the 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election. Incorporating a response to the Association of Electoral Administrator’s report on the 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election’.
Impact Assessment of the Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19 : the Government published this assessment to coincide with the Money Resolution Debate.
Cabinet Office Democratic Engagement Plan: “Every Voice Matters: Building a Democracy That Works For Everyone”. Overseas electors are dealt with on p. 50-51."
October 7th 2016
Cabinet Office policy paper and consultation on proposal to introduce ‘Votes For Life’: ‘A Democracy that works for everyone: British citizens overseas’.
“The UK Government’s Response to the reports of the Electoral Commission, the Association of Electoral Administrators and the Royal National Institute for the Blind on the 2015 UK Parliamentary Election”. Overseas electors are referred to on p.14-15.
Electoral Commission (EC)
Report on “The administration of the June 2017 UK general election”. See p. 14-15 for section on overseas voters.
Report on “The 2016 EU referendum”. For comments that relate to overseas voters see p.9, p.13-14, & p.81-82.
“Report on the administration of the 7 May 2015 elections, including the UK Parliamentary general election”. Overseas voters are dealt with on p.6, p.35-37, p.42-44.
Report on “Promoting voter registration at the May 2015 elections”. Overseas electors are dealt with in several sections in the report as specified in the Contents page, see especially 33-34, 46-7 & 54-55 for British citizens abroad.
Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA)
List of consultations and AEA responses to them
Response to the Government Policy Statement dated October 2016: “A democracy that works for everyone: British citizens overseas”.
Election report: “Pushed to the absolute limit. 2016 – the electoral year never to forget." Overseas electors are dealt with on pages 99-104 of the full report.
House of Commons
House of Commons Library Briefing Papers:
“Overseas Voters” (regularly updated) by Neil Johnston.
‘The Overseas Electors Bill 2017-19’, by Neil Johnston.
“Private Members’ Bills” by Richard Kelly.
“Making Votes Count. Enhancing engagement in the electoral process by British expatriates”.
Report of the Cross-Party Working Group on Overseas Voters.No longer available online.
Venice Commission : European Commission for Democracy Through Law (Council of Europe)
Summary Report on Voters Residing De Facto Abroad 21st December 2015.
“Report on Out-of-Country Voting” (in Europe)
EP Research Service
“Disenfranchisement of EU Citizens resident abroad. Situation in national and European elections in EU Member-States”, by Eva-Maria Poptcheva.
Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C: Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs.
Report on “Franchise and Electoral Participation of Third Country Citizens Residing in the European Union and of EU Citizens Residing in Third Countries”.
Communication to the European Parliament, The Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions “Addressing the consequences of disenfranchisement of Union citizens exercising their right to free movement”.
European Commission Recommendation
“Addressing the consequences of disenfranchisement of Union citizens exercising their right to free movement”.
Clearview Research Ltd / UEA / Electoralmanagement.com
"The Cost of Elections. Funding Electoral Services in England and Wales” by Toby James and Tyrone Jervier.
IPPR (Institute of Public Policy Research)
“Global Brit: Making the most of the British diaspora”, Tim Finch and Maria Latorre.
“Brits Abroad: Mapping the scale and nature of British emigration” (sponsored by the FCO), Sriskandarajah, D. & Drew, C.
IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance)
14 November 2007
The International IDEA Handbook on “Voting From Abroad”