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A plea for tomorrow's European elections [20140521|21:58]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Tomorrow, for the first time in my 10 years in the UK, I will be able to vote.

Speaking as someone for whom that right was hard-earned and is extremely precious, I ask that if you have the ability to do so, please, please vote tomorrow. It was not so long ago that many of us were not allowed to vote. It's a power we must utilise. For those of us who find it difficult to engage publicly with politics (I count myself among these), it's our only power in that sphere. As hard as we might try to keep our heads down and ignore politics, its influence shapes our lives. I have been powerless to affect the UK's politics since I moved here, though the changes in government during my stay (and in particular those related to immigration policy) have certainly had an effect on my life.

I am delighted and grateful to have that power now, and I will use it. I hope you will too, if you can.

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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-05-22 07:48 (UTC)
Do you have to have been resident here for 10yrs then before you can vote?

Re immigration, did you have problems being allowed to stay?

(As always, if
a) You'd rather not answer/tell me to mind my own business

or

b) Would rather answer via private messages, that's cool by me.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-26 00:02 (UTC)
No, you have to become a citizen to vote. That can take anywhere from six years (five years on one visa type plus one year on indefinite leave to remain) to forever, if you decide to stay on ILR and not become a citizen.

I wouldn't say I had "problems", in the sense that I never had a visa application declined. But the process of applying for a visa is invariably lengthy, expensive and horrifically stressful.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-05-26 07:38 (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if making it problematic and stressful was deliberate. Having said that I don't suppose you can blame them. It separates the 'wheat from the chaff', so to speak, (ie those who are serious about being here).

I get email notifications for LJ replies, and in the google ads top right was "China Visa in 3 Days"...
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[User Picture]From: shadowdaddy
2014-05-22 23:03 (UTC)
I also voted for the first time as a UK/EU citizen today. Having a voice in the vote was a key part of going for citizenship at all, and yay for being able to use it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-26 00:03 (UTC)
Yes. Yay for being able to use it, and for having used it.

...but OMG THE RESULTS. *is seriously tempted to crawl under a rock forever*
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-05-26 07:40 (UTC)
I tell you what, UKIP getting any seats at all makes you think about leaving...*shudders*
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-05-23 10:31 (UTC)
I actually like our compulsory voting system.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-05-26 00:05 (UTC)
What practical measures are there in place to ensure that everyone votes (or casts a spoiled ballot, if they wish)?
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