Rant begins! We as a nation are terrible at voting, just over half of us actually bloody bother. Last year there was a fuss in parliament about the Op Bonus where the Tories said they would give us all tax free salaries in Iraq and Afghan like the Americans, it ended up with the £12 a day payment (fair enough better than a slap in the chops). There are lots of threads on here about how underfunded and ill treated we are, all true I might ad! My point is this, if we register in the following Labour marginals listed below they have no choice but to pander to whichever minority section of society is most likely to swing the marginals that will get them in to government (in this case it could be us!). As members of the armed forces we can register wherever we like if overseas, so come Oct 17 when we all get the chance to register, small but significant numbers of forces voters can make a huge impact on policy. Ergo, if Labour are worried about the armed forces vote they will have to increase our spending to avoid loosing the marginals. The tories will be straining at the leash to take seats off Labour and the Lib Dems will go all out to take any seats they can get. Who knows, they may even go for the tax free overseas gambit. See below for just how few votes can turn these constituencies. Constituency/Majority Crawley 37 Sittingbourne and Sheppey 79 Harlow 97 Battersea 163 Medway 213 Warwick and Leamington 266 Gillingham 254 Stroud 350 Thats it rant over, this isnt aimed at trying to get people to vote any particular way, just to get out and bloody vote so that the politicians take us seriously again! Cant wait to register myself.