A British expat who fought in World War II lost the most recent chapter in his battle to win the right to vote in UK elections for long-term expats, as noted on the BBC’s website. Harry Shindler lives in Italy, and has for quite some time, and he continues fight a UK law that limits suffrage to those who have lived in the UK within the last 15 years:
In its judgement, the Court determined that the UK was entitled to confine the vote to those citizens with a “close connection” to the UK and those “who would be most directly affected by its laws”.
Given that Mr Shindler would be able to vote if he returned to live in the UK, it ruled that the current laws did not infringe the “very essence” of his rights to take part in free elections.
It noted that different countries had different rules about eligibility for elections and it was important that they should be given leeway to do so as long as they “struck a fair balance”.
One can argue about the merits of the law itself, but doesn’t something seem amiss when a CITIZEN who fought for the UK in the most horrific war in history can’t even vote? Can’t the PM or the Queen or someone else with political mojo step in and get this guy a ballot?