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City students encouraged to sign up to vote

City Students' Union supports National Voter Registration Day

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

Islington Electoral Services joined City University London's Students' Union on Thursday 5th February to encourage students to register to vote in the upcoming general election. Stationed in the main walkway of the University, they gave students the opportunity to sign up and provided demonstrations on how to register online. 

President of the Students' Union Rima Amin said: "Students can make a significant difference to the world by making their voices heard voting in the general election this May. The first step is getting registered and we're very excited that the activities that took place on National Voter Registration Day allowed them to do that. We especially want to know what policies students are most passionate about so we can make sure the next government take these into account."

National Voter Registration Day is an initiative set up by not-for-profit movement Bite the Ballot to get young people on the electoral register. Changes to Britain's voter registration system this year mean that many could find themselves miss out on the chance to have their say. Research by the Electoral Commission found that around 30% of 18-24 year olds are not registered to vote, compared to fewer than 5% of over-65s. 

Bite the Ballot co-founder, Michael Sani, said: "As this year's campaign is taking place during the handover from 'head of household' to individual registration, it's never been more important to make people are aware of the power they hold as engaged, active, registered citizens. Our aim is to ensure that as many people as possible are registered at the address where they intend to vote on Thursday 7th May."

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