Theresa May has called a general election for 8th June and we as students have a real chance to shape the future of our country. Young people are disproportionately represented when it comes to voting. Everything from your university fees to housing experience to general cost of living is affected by government policy. Therefore, why wouldn’t you vote?
Here are a few pointers to help you out and give you all the information you need to cast your vote on 8th June:
How do I vote?
If you’ve already registered for local elections then you may not need to register, however, if you haven’t then you have a few options to make sure you can vote on 8th June.
The easiest way to get yourself registered is to head to here (bear in mind you’ll need your National Insurance number and your passport). If you can’t find your National Insurance number, check a payslip if you have any or if not, head here to relocate. If you’ve moved house, you’ll need to register at your new property.
If you want to complete a postal vote, fill in a form here and make sure your local Electoral Registration Office gets it by 5pm 23rd May at 5pm. They’ll then send you a ballot paper by post which you then need to fill in and send back with a few days to spare, just to be safe.
If you don’t want to do either of these options, then you can also vote by proxy, which means allowing someone you trust to do it on your behalf. There are plenty of reasons that allow you to do this ranging from disability, to being abroad, to being away at university. Fill in a form here and print, sign then send it back to your local Electoral Registration Office. You usually need to have this done 6 days before the election date.
We’ll hopefully be out and about around university helping you get registered online in the weeks leading up to the election, but in the meantime, register to vote now!