2004/06/10 15:30:00 - Simple voting eligability for people who are registered in more than one place.
I posted this earlier as a comment in beckyc's journal, but I've been pointing it at a lot of people, so I'm going to repost it an an entry. It's a simple explanation of where people who are registered in more than one place (this should include all UK students who are not living at home) are eligable to vote (in the UK). You are allowed to cast votes once for each body that you are eligable to vote for. (This process may involve indicating more than one preference, such as in Cambridge City where you will probably be allowed to indicated three preferences).
If you are resident in Clifton (York) and Market (Cambridge) then you are entitled to vote in:
Clifton Ward of York UA
Market Ward of Cambridge CC
Either the "Yorkshire and Humber" district of the European elections or the "Eastern" district of the European elections.
Either the "Vale of York" constituency of the House of Commons or the "Cambridge" constituency of the House of Commons.
However, if your residencies are Market (Cam) and Arbury (Cam) then the local elections are for the same body, so you can only vote in one of the two local elections.
This is all very well, but not when your postal vote arrives the morning of the election!
I was please to note that one of the LibDem leaflets actually (nearly) explained this. I say nearly because they did not make it clear you could chose either of the two for European only reminded students they could vote in the locals at home.
This is something of which I have been aware for a while but I never had it officially confirmed until I actually emailed someone at the electoral comission. It did not appear to be in their FAQs which struck me as stupid.