Make your voice heard in the UK General Election on 12 December.
Did you know that to vote in the General Election you must be registered to vote?
It is important to know that you are not automatically registered and if you are not registered, you will not be able to vote. The deadline to register is midnight on 26 November.
Do I need to register?
If you have not voted before, you will need to register to cast your vote.
Although you may have voted at university before, if you have moved house or moved out of university halls, you must make sure that you have registered at your new address.
If you have registered to vote before and you have not changed your address, then you do not need to do anything. If you are not sure if you are registered, then you can check with your Electoral Registration Office.
Can I vote?
To be able to vote in the General Election, you must:
- Be registered to vote
- Be at least 18 years old on election day (though you can register to vote from the age of 16)
- Be a UK, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- Be resident at a UK address
What do I need to do?
As a student you are in a unique position:
- You can register to vote at both your home address and your term-time address. You can then choose which constituency you want to cast your vote in, but you can only vote in one place.
- Your vote might have more impact depending on whether you choose to vote at home or at university. You can check which seat is more marginal by using this interactive tool.
- Check where you will be on polling day. If you want to vote by post rather than in person you will need to apply for a postal vote by 5pm on 26 November (England, Scotland or Wales) or 5pm on 21 November (Northern Ireland).
How do I register to vote?
It’s very quick and easy to register online. All you need to register is:
- your name
- Current address. (If you wish to register at both your home address and your term-time address you will need to register twice.)
- Date of birth
- National Insurance number. (If you don’t know your national insurance number, you can find it on payslips, P60s, pensions or benefits forms. If you can’t find this, you will still be able to register – you may just need to verify your identity later.)