Register to Vote

By now you are probably aware that there will be a General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019. The last few years in politics has been full of firsts and rare events and the General Election is the time to make your voice heard. 

Why should you register to vote?

It's important you have your say, your vote really matters and student voices could shape the election outcome.

Well, this is your chance to set the agenda and ensure student voices are heard in the upcoming election. If you aren't registered you can't vote!

Great, how do I register?

To be eligible to vote you need to be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen (a citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave) or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

You can be registered to vote at both your home and term-time address. Just pick location that is most convenient for you on Election Day.

You can only vote once in General Elections but you can vote in your home and term-time local authority in Local Elections. 

Deadline for registering to vote in the General Election

Register by midnight on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December.

If you want to apply to vote by post, register before:

  • 5pm on 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • 5pm on 21 November if you live in Northern Ireland

If you’re going to be abroad on election day, you can apply to vote by proxy after you’ve registered. It takes time to vote by post from overseas.

Register to Vote now

 

 

How do I register?
How do I register?

You can register online here (www.gov.uk/register-to-vote) You may need the following, if you have them: • Your National Insurance number • Your passport if you’re a British citizen living abroad, and want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales There’s a different process to register anonymously, for example if you’re concerned about your safety.

What’s the deadline to register by?
What’s the deadline to register by?

26th November

I am a carer - can I register to vote on behalf of someone else?
I am a carer - can I register to vote on behalf of someone else?

Yes, as long as you have their permission to do so and have their details to hand.

What happens once I’ve registered?
What happens once I’ve registered?

• You will receive your polling card by post with information about where you should go to cast your vote in person.
• If (for some reason) you do not receive a polling card, make sure you phone the Electoral Services department in your local council so they can inform you where your local polling booth is located.

I’m unsure which political party to vote for - should I still vote?
I’m unsure which political party to vote for - should I still to vote?

Yes, once you are registered you will have the time to make up your mind about who to vote for before polling day. Even if you choose not to vote, being on the electoral register can improve your credit rating score. You can also be fined for not registering to vote if you have been asked to do so by your local Electoral Registration Office.

Can I vote online?
Can I vote online?

No, you can register to vote online but when it comes to casting your vote you need to either vote in person on the day, vote via post or vote via proxy.

How do I find out who my candidates are and what they stand for?

Once the election is called, you can use our useful links section in the sidebar and figure out yourself who you should vote for