Have your say, register to vote
Students and staff are urged to register to vote in the general election before the deadline on Monday 22nd May
Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election, which will be taking place on Thursday 8th June. In order to vote in the general election, you must be registered on the electoral register.
It is especially important that students make sure they are registered. The youth vote is incredibly powerful and changes to the electoral enrolment process last year mean many students have dropped off the register.
The National Union of Students are running a large registration drive to encourage students to have their say.
Malia Bouattia, NUS President said:
There are millions of students in further and higher education in the UK. At our best we are a force to be reckoned with, and one that the politicians cannot ignore.
However student voices are not always listened to. Since 2010 students have seen bursaries, grants and EMA cut, college funding slashed and tuition fees tripled. Since Brexit, there has been a toxic atmosphere of growing racism, followed by a sharp rise in hate crime. This has led to uncertainty and fear amongst our international students, who form an essential part of our vibrant campus communities.
“It is time for students to refuse to let yet another government trample over our rights and alienate our generation from the political process. We must be the generation that votes.
City’s University of London Students’ Union issued a statement urging students to register. Yusuf Ahmad, President; Zain Ismail, Vice President Education; and Sheikh Hassan, Vice President Activities & Development said:
It is important that the student voice is heard in the upcoming general election. Voting gives you the power to create change and makes sure politicians start working for students. A number of policies put forward by political parties will affect your future as City, University of London students and the future of higher education. The student voice has an unprecedented power to shape the future of this country. Students, we encourage you to register by Monday 22nd May, vote and vote often.
How to register
Visit gov.uk/register-to-vote and follow the instructions. It’s very simple to do and usually takes less than five minutes.
Who can register
You must be 18 years old on the day of the election (Thursday 8th June), a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, be a resident at an address in the UK, or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.
Where to register
As a student, you may have two addresses - a term time address and a home address. In general elections you can only vote once, in one place. However, you can register at both addresses just in case you’re not sure where you’ll be on the day.
Before you register, check your diary. Will you be abroad, at a festival or away from home on Thursday 8th June? If so, register for a postal vote.
You will receive a polling card in the post, explaining where you need to go to place your vote.
Make sure all your friends are registered too. You can also show your registered by posting to social media using the hashtag #generationvote.
Visit gov.uk for more information about voting and the general election. If you still have questions, you can contact your local authority. To find your local authority, visit this webpage and enter your postcode.