Thursday, June 13, 2024

This is an ARCHIVED article at Information and links may well be out of date.

A prominent centre-page piece in today's Daily Telegraph declares that Scottish soldiers based at Catterick in Yorkshire "have been disenfranchised" in the independence referendum.

But the article omits the fact that regular service personnel from Scotland have the option of registering there as service voters, and then of voting by post or by proxy.

Given the coverage which the Telegraph has given to the Service Voter Campaign in the past, it is particularly unfortunate not to have mentioned the "service voter" provision when there is still time (just) to register as a service voter.

The deadline for your service voter registration form in the hands of the electoral registration office in the appropriate Council area in Scotland is midnight on Tuesday, 2 September. For most people that would mean posting it by first class post by Monday, 1 September at the absolute latest.

If you are already registered as an ordinary voter in the place in England, Wales or Northern Ireland where you are currently registered, that is not a problem, you can still register by service declaration in Scotland, as long as you complete the form truthfully and do not attempt to vote more than once in the same election.

The option to register as a service voter also applies to your wife, husband or civil partner, or (for the independence referendum only) any 16 or 17 year old children living with you.

It's easy to register and to arrange a postal or proxy vote. Now click the 'Scottish Independence Referendum' banner above this article.

Link to Telegraph opinion piece, by Tom Tugendhat: Scotland's brave soldiers denied a say in the country they defend. Tom Tugendhat is the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling.