Millions of UK citizens live overseas but are potentially eligible to vote in the upcoming EU referendum – and that includes those resident in the Channel Islands.
Eligibility to vote
It’s all down to UK citizens living overseas being eligible to vote, provided they have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.
They also need to be eligible to vote in UK parliamentary and European parliamentary elections to apply to be an overseas voter.
And that includes those resident in the Channel Islands – the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey – and Isle of Man, the Electoral Commission has confirmed.
Overseas voters could make a difference
Ben Page, chief executive of the Ipsos Mori polling company, said: “There are 5.5 million UK nationals living abroad.
“Those who have been on an electoral register in the UK in the last 15 years can register to vote.”
He added: “Depending on the effectiveness of the campaigns on both sides, there is huge potential for these voters to make a big difference in a close fought referendum campaign – especially if more register.”
But there’s not long to register before the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016
Overseas voters should apply to register to vote by 16 May 2016. And once registered they must apply to vote by post or proxy to be able to vote from outside the UK.
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