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Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Chair, Committee of Selection

To ask the honourable Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what recommendations the Electoral Commission has made to the Government to make it easier for overseas voters to register.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

The Electoral Commission has recommended that the Government takes appropriate steps to ensure that eligible British citizens living overseas are able to register online from the point at which the individual electoral registration digital service goes live, which is currently planned for summer 2014.

The Commission has also recommended that all electoral registration officers in Great Britain should be required to offer this method of registration, and that the service should not be provided at their discretion. The Commission will issue guidance to support electoral registration officers and their staff in implementing any changes.

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