#DeniedMyVote was unlawful - help us challenge the discrimination

by Nicolas Hatton and Jane Golding

#DeniedMyVote was unlawful - help us challenge the discrimination

by Nicolas Hatton and Jane Golding
Nicolas Hatton and Jane Golding
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Latest: May 26, 2019

WE'VE DONE IT! £40K RAISED IN 24 HOURS #DeniedMyVote Legal challenge

Dear Donor,

A very big THANK YOU to you. We are delighted to announce that thanks to your support, the fundraising for Phase 1 of our potential legal challenge about the #DeniedMyVote scandal is now...

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#DeniedMyVote was unlawful - help us challenge the disenfranchisement, discrimination and disrespect

Thousands of EU citizens went to the polling station on 23 May 2019 and saw their names crossed out. Equally, British citizens abroad waited in vain for their ballot papers. They all have as much right to vote as you do, and they need your support. We have witnessed one of the largest systematic and openly discriminatory denials of the right to vote. 

Our right to vote is a fundamental right in a democracy. the3million and British in Europe want to hold the Government to account and we need your financial support to do it. 

All of us have the right to equality and non-discrimination. In European elections, we have the right to choose where to vote, whether in our country of birth or where we live. Our voting rights matter, they are part of our fundamental status as citizens and part of our legal and constitutional heritage, protected by EU law. The time has come to stand up for them. 

What happened on polling day?

Hundreds of EU citizens have contacted the3million and British in Europe to tell us their stories of disenfranchisement, of being turned away from the polling stations (despite having completed all formalities), of councils failing to send or process their forms in time, or simply not having been made aware of having to fill an additional form in the first place.

On the day of the vote, over 100,000 people used the hashtag #DeniedMyVote on social media, showing the strength of feeling about this mass failure by the Electoral Commission, the British Government and local councils.

Why do we need your support?

We need to act fast, so the3million and British in Europe are exploring the options for a legal challenge to hold the Government to account and we need your financial support to do it.  

What is likely to be needed is a judicial review test case to expose the discrimination in all its forms and clearly rule that it was unlawful.

We are assembling a team of experts with a real passion for human rights including Dinah Rose QC plus Anneli Howard and John Halford. Given the scale of the problem, we need to raise £20,000 for this initial investigation. If the test case challenge goes ahead, we will then need to raise over £100,000 to cover the risk of paying others’ legal costs and those of our own lawyers at reduced rates. 

We will also identify how people denied the right to vote can bring claims of their own if the test case succeeds, to seek compensation for unequal treatment, emotional distress and out of pocket expenses.

Please support us in taking action. If you support this Crowdfunder you support the fundamental principle of democracy.

If you were one of the citizens denied a vote, please be counted and fill our short questionnaire at https://www.the3million.org.uk/deniedmyvote

#DeniedMyVote


Nicolas Hatton - the3million

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Jane Golding - British in Europe

25 May 2019



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Nicolas Hatton and Jane Golding

May 26, 2019

WE'VE DONE IT! £40K RAISED IN 24 HOURS #DeniedMyVote Legal challenge

Dear Donor,

A very big THANK YOU to you. We are delighted to announce that thanks to your support, the fundraising for Phase 1 of our potential legal challenge about the #DeniedMyVote scandal is now complete.

Huge shout out to you and the other 1,570 donors who donated £40,045 to fund the assessment and preparation phase of the legal challenge. the3million and British in Europe are overwhelmed to have such support, at a time when five million EU citizens in the UK and Brits in the EU need it the most.

What happens next?

We need as many examples of people having been denied their vote. If you were affected last Thursday, please tell your story at https://www.the3million.org.uk/deniedmyvote or promote the page if know someone who was affected.  

Alternatively, for British people abroad, wherever you live, you can email British in Europe at deniedmyvote@britishineurope.org

Our team of expert public law practitioners and researchers will go through the testimonials, and assess the best legal options to successfully challenge the Government. This will take about two weeks before we can make the decision whether to proceed with the legal challenge and start Funding Phase 2. 

We will keep you updated so please watch this space!  

In the meanwhile, we would encourage you to donate to the3million and British in Europe, as both organisations have limited funds to carry their crucial campaign on citizens’ rights.  

the3million 

Become a monthly paying supporter: www.the3million.org.uk/join-us (from £2.50 per month) or make a one-off donation: gofundme.com/the3million   

British in Europe 

Make a one-off donation: britishineurope.org/2019/03/05/donate-today/  


European regards,


Nicolas and Jane, on behalf of the3million and British in Europe


Update 1

Nicolas Hatton and Jane Golding

May 25, 2019

We've hit our initial target - a massive thank you to all donors

Dear donor,

A massive thank you for your generosity. We have hit the £20,000 target in just a few hours, which is incredible. We are sure those who had their vote denied this week will really appreciate your support.

Now, the actual cost of the legal challenge was estimated at £120,000 but we won’t know for sure till mid-June whether our case will proceed or not. This will depend on the work by our legal team in the next two weeks, as they investigate which legal angle is more likely to be successful. This work will be covered by the £20K we just fundraised.

Because we don’t want to collect funds under false pretences, can we ask you to stop donating until we have the confirmation we are actually going ahead? Please note if the additional funds are unused, the money can either be used for another case of the choice of the3million and British in Europe or used by the3million and British in Europe for our current citizens’ rights campaign. 

Should you wish to donate regardless, we would encourage you to donate directly to the3million and British in Europe instead, as both organisations have limited funds to carry their crucial campaign on citizens’ rights. Otherwise, please hold off donations until we post further news on the case.

the3million

Become a monthly paying supporter: https://www.the3million.org.uk/join-us

Make a one-off donation: http://gofundme.com/the3million

British in Europe

Make a one-off donation at https://britishineurope.org/2019/03/05/donate-today/


European regards,

Nicolas and Jane

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