With the deadline to register to vote in the general election being so close (20th April), CUSU will be manning a stall in the lobby next to the Porters' Lodge from 11am - 4pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of April as part of its voter registration drive. It'll be giving you a chance to register on the spot and will also be providing information and links allowing you to register on your phones. You will need your national insurance number and it takes no longer than 3 minutes.
Alternatively, you can register online yourself at http://bit.ly/voterace.
Please find some FAQs below.
What about international students?
As you are studying in the UK when there are elections, you may be eligible to register to vote. To register, you must be at least 16 years old, and you must be either:
- a British citizen; or
- an Irish citizen; or
- a Commonwealth citizen who has valid immigration permission for the UK or who does not need it, who is resident in the UK. This includes citizens of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory; or
- a European Union citizen who is resident in the UK
An EU citizen can vote in European and local elections in the UK, elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies and some referendums, but not in UK Parliamentary general elections. Other eligible voters can vote in all elections.
I voted in the past, do I need to register again?
During the transition from the old to the new system, almost 9 in 10 of those already on the register were automatically added to the new one. Those people who were not successfully matched have been invited to register in writing, sent reminders and canvassed in person to encourage them to register to vote. If you're not sure if this applies to you, register again! There's no harm!
As we're students do we register twice?
You can be registered to vote at two different addresses if you are resident at both addresses and spend an equal amount of time at each.
For example, students can be registered at their home and term time addresses.
However, it is an offence to vote twice in the same election, such as at a general election. You can only vote once to the same elected chamber or position. For example, you may be registered in two different London Boroughs but you can vote once in each borough election as they are elections to two separate town halls, but at the general election you can only vote once as they are elections for the same body or post.