Overseas Electors Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North 2:00 pm, 22nd March 2019

I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman is an avid follower of American elections; personally, I love following the House of Representatives. Occasionally, I confess, I might find common cause with the hon. Gentleman for the purposes of wagering—I probably should not have confessed that.

The extraordinary thing about American elections, certainly those in California, is that as long as a postal ballot went into the box on the day of the election, it counts. So elections are not declared for multiple weeks as the votes slowly build up until eventually they run into a trickle and disappear. Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that there would have to be a much earlier deadline to give room for the votes to come in, and other silly things like that?