The election was called on Tue 6 April, I dutifully went on line and downloaded the Service Person Voting form, after talking to my election office I was told that they would only accept a paper copy, some offices were happy for a FAX. I filled in my form and posted it first class via BFPO from Europe on 8 April. It needed to be in 16 April to count. I mistakenly believed that 9 days would be plenty, this is before the Volcano so no Get Out Clause for BFPO there. It took 11 over days to reach the Electoral Office who then sent a reply to my UK address informing that my form was received to late to count for the National Election. Obviously I am not happy, I have talked to the Electoral Office and they are very polite but can do nothing. I wonder how many Servicemen/women on overseas posts have had a similar experience, barring in mind that if you doing a Postal Vote their is only a limited window to get the form back. If my experience of 11 days before the Ash backlog is anything to go by, I would not be surprised if lots of Service Voted once again do not count. Even if I had posted on 6 April the day the election was called my form would not have arrived in time. Well down BFPO and well done Labour for cutting the support to overseas personnel down so much that it hardly functions. Rant Over!