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Register to vote in the upcoming General Election

By studentcomms 12 May 2017

Registration open until 22 May

Students are being encouraged to register to vote for the general election, which takes place on Thursday 8 June.

In the 2015 general election voter turnout among the younger age group had been just 43%, compared with 66% overall. With around seven million people not correctly registered to vote in the UK, it is as important as ever to ensure that students are registered so they can have a say in the upcoming election.

  • To check if you are registered to vote, you will need to contact your local electoral registration office.
  • If you are not already registered to vote, you must register by 22 May to have a say in the general election.
  • You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, and it takes less than 5 minutes to do.
  • You’ll need your national insurance (NI) number to hand, which can be found on payslips or student loan forms. If you can’t find your NI number, please visit the NI help service.
  • Students may be entitled to register at both their home address and their university address, but can only vote once.
  • Most people choose to vote in person at a local polling station however, if you will be away on the day of the election, you can register for a postal vote or to vote by proxy. Find out more about how to vote here.

For more information about voting in the UK, including registering and how to vote, visit: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/ 

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