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Exercise your right to vote!

General Election 2019

Voting for the 2019 General Election will take place on Thursday 12 December.

Please read the information carefully below, as it will help ensure you can exercise your democratic right to vote should you wish to do so.

Please note: you need to have registered by Tuesday 26 November.

Registering to vote

It’s really quick and simple – if you’re eligible to vote, you just need to visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete the form. When registering online you’ll be asked for your name, nationality, address, whether you’ve recently moved house and your National Insurance Number.

If you don’t have a National Insurance Number, you can register for one here.

You’ll usually be able to find your National Insurance Number on your student loan letters, payslips or other official documents. If you don’t have it you can still register to vote, BUT you’ll need to explain why you don’t have it and will need to send copies of your ID through the post, which will take much longer.

Anything else I should consider?

Students are able to register at two addresses – home and university. So, if you don’t know where you’re going to be on Thursday 12th December, you can register to vote at both locations.

If you are registered at your home address as well as your term-time address, you must choose where you will vote.

If you want to vote at home but will be at your term-time address on the day of the election, you will need to apply for a postal or proxy vote by 5pm on 26 November.

Please note you can only vote once in a General Election, it is a criminal offence to vote twice in the same election.

Who is eligible?

* You should be 18 (or over) on polling day.

* Be a British, Irish or qualifying commonwealth citizen

* Live at a UK address

You can find more information on commonwealth countries and eligible voters here.

Helpful links:

Register to vote

How to get a National Insurance number

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