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Well, now I'm well and truly fucked off, properly kicking-things-and-swearing-loudly fucked off. And the reason? I'm not going to be able to vote in the coming general election because the fucking University of fucking Bath has removed my entry from the electoral roll for Bath on the assumption that only students could possibly be registered to vote on campus, and they bugger off at the end of each year.

ias went through this last European election, when she found that she'd been removed (I did manage to successfully vote in Bath). We were assured that the problem had been fixed. Well, if by "fixed" you mean "fucked up royally in only the way that a university can manage", then I suppose it has been fixed.

I've just phoned the electoral registration officer for Bath and found out that ias has also been removed from the electoral roll. The process for registration at the university seems to be that they remove everyone from the electoral roll each year, then send the registration office a list of only the students living on campus. Since the registration process is driven by the university, the local registration office doesn't send out reminder notes.

Given that the deadline for registration was 11th March, there's no way for me to get on the electoral roll for this election, and it's almost certain that all forty-odd resident tutors at the university have been similarly disenfranchised.

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Go to the press. Make a huge stink about it. Even if it isn't happening in universities across the country - and I bet it is - it's scandalous. While I accept that this is a case of incompetence rather than malice, when similar things happen in Central Asia, the international community sees it as a deliberate attempt to stop lefty liberals from voting for the opposition!

Depending on the answer ias gets from the local electoral registration office this morning, we may well be doing just that.

I'm having difficulty finding words to express my outrage over this. Not only have I been disenfranchised of my right to vote, but my responsibility to vote has also been abrogated.

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