After 5th May, it will be a case of "TF for that" and "normal ARRSE service will now resume". But not quite the end of the OP STEEL VOTE story... We haven't done half bad. For a bunch of supposedly thick soldiers, ex-soldiers and assorted porridge wogs , we have managed to get our heads round the electoral procedures and legislation, and put together the best set of information available for forces voters. We were the ones who spotted the problems with some Council websites, the MoD website, Queen's Regulations ... the list goes on. The Electoral Commission leaflet, the late delivery of which led to the recent headlines, was first published right here on ARRSE. Those headlines would never have appeared but for ARRSE serving members tracking the late appearance of the leaflets. We know for sure that our information helped and encouraged individuals to register. We are still working to help and encourage everyone to use their vote. Against the trend of general voter apathy, especially amongst the under-25s, we have STARTED to raise the profile of democratic participation within the HM Forces community. And with the help of the media and those politicians who have been working hard on these issues, we managed at last to grab the attention of HM Government and official bodies. So what can we do to exploit the work we have already done, after the General Election excitement is over? Some members have already expressed an interest in putting together something to go to the Electoral Commission after the Election. It shouldnât take anything like the amount of work we have put into this already. As with this whole campaign so far, weâd really appreciate views and suggestions from other members. To get things going, the way I see it there are basically three areas to think about: 1. Registration arrangements for HM Forces. 2. Voting arrangements for the Forces. 3. Education and information within the Forces. For example, is enough being done to encourage recruits to register to vote, and then stay registered? Are forces personnel being culturally discouraged from democratic participation, due to a misunderstanding of the constitutional separation of the British Forces from party politics?