Are you general election ready?

Posted on 24 October 2019

With talk of a possible UK general election, it is important that (if eligible) you are registered to vote so you can make your voice heard.

Register to vote

Young people are noticeably less likely to vote than older people. In the 2017 general election, 57% of 18 and 19 year-olds voted, while for those aged 70+ the figure was 84%. (Source: YouGov)

Have you changed address?

If you are already registered to vote, you need to check that your address is up-to-date. You can do this using the same Gov.uk website.

If you are over 16 and a UK citizen (or an Irish, European or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address) you can register online.

And as a student, you can register with both your home address and your university address. Although you can only vote once, by having both addresses registered you can choose where to vote.

You might decide it is better to vote in one location or the other – for example, you might usually live in a marginal seat, and your university address might be in a safe seat, or vice-versa.

In addition, the election date of Thursday 12 December is after the end of term, so you might already have travelled home. But once you are registered, you can apply for a postal vote in your university constituency if you want to vote there.

It’s quick and easy

It is easy to register online using a computer, tablet or your mobile phone. You will just need your date of birth, your National Insurance number, and your postcode.

Once you enter your postcode and address, you will be asked if you have a second address and if you are a student.

Make your voice heard on issues you care about. Register by 11.59pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Register to vote (Gov.uk)