HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc579-80W

asked the Home Secretary whether, in considering the desirability of amending the law so as to enable invalids to exercise the franchise at Parliamentary and other elections by proxy, he will also consider the case of commercial travellers and others whose absence from home on business often forces them to lose their votes?


Under the existing arrangements any person can be placed on the absent voters' list, and vote by post at a Parliamentary election, if he satisfies the registration officer at the time of the preparation of the register that there is a probability that, by reason of the nature of his occupation, service or employment, he may be debarred from voting at a poll at Parliamentary elections held during the time the register is in force. I do not think any further provision is necessary.

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