Are there enough Australian expats in the UK to swing the 2013 Australian federal election? There just might be according to a recent AAP article on Yahoo! News:
Up to 20,000 Aussies could vote in the UK in the weeks before the September 14 poll, with most casting their ballot in person at Australia House in London.
Dr Jatinder Mann from the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College in London says if the election is tight, those votes could be crucial.
“As we found in the last election it really does come down to a few marginal seats,” he told AAP.
“So UK votes could very well contribute to the final result in certain seats.
“Every vote will count – I think it’s going to be a very tight election.”
The UK has the largest proportion of Australians living outside of the country.
Australia House is the largest polling station in the federal election, with people often queuing to cast their ballot.
Some 16,000 Australians living in the UK voted in the 2010 poll.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently announced that the election will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013. By law, the latest the election can be held is Saturday, November 30, 2013.