Did you know that fewer than 60% of 19-24 year olds are registered to vote? This can mean that politicians feel less pressure to address the issues that concern younger people and students.
Can I register?
As a student you can register both at home and at your term-time address. This means you can vote wherever you are.
In order to register you must be at least 17 (you must be 18 to vote) and either:
- A UK or Irish citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
- an EU citizen resident in the UK
There may some other factors affecting whether you can vote. You can find out more about whether your qualify here.
- Voting is a chance to express your opinions, to vote for candidates that share your views and to ensure your voice is heard. By voting you make it more likely that the things you would like to happen will happen.
- Voting is a chance to hold your elected representatives accountable. If your representative has broken campaign promises or failed to represent you - or equally if your representative has done a fantastic job representing you and your interests - voting is your opportunity to show them that
- Being on the register also has other benefits. Credit reference agencies use the electoral register to confirm your address. Being on the register can make it easier to get a credit card, mobile phone, or bank account.
So what do I have to do?
It only takes a couple of minutes to register and you can do it all online. Even if you ultimately choose not to vote if you haven't registered you won't even have that choice.
What if I have more questions?
There's some more information on the Student Portal, or you can go to Your Vote Matters.