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How to register to vote in the General Election

How to register to vote in the General Election

With the general election looming, it’s more important than ever to use your vote. For many first year students, it’ll be the first time you are able to vote in a general election, whereas for older students, you might not have used your vote before.

So, our guide on how to register to vote will answer all your voting needs, and ensure that come the 8th June, you can put that cross on your ballot paper.

Can anyone register?

To vote in the General Election, you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

Where do University students register to vote?

If you’re a full time student who resides in your university town or city during term-time, then you can choose to either vote there, or in your home-town.

On this website, you can compare your two addresses and it’ll tell you where your vote matters most.

So, how do I register?

 Registering to vote is actually pretty simple, and only takes a few minutes if you have all the relevant documents to hand. However, the deadline for registering is the 22nd of May. If you don’t register by then, you won’t be able to vote in the General Election.

You’ll need your National Insurance number and your passport, and remember to put in the address where you want to vote. If you’ll be abroad or unable to vote in person on the day- for example, if you’re a student on a year abroad- then you can apply for a postal vote.

Holly Smith Editor