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General UK Election 2019

Are you eligible to vote in the general election on 12th December?

Have you registered to vote?

Make sure you register before the deadline on 26th November!

Voting gives qualifying citizens the power to decide how the UK is run. The MPs elected will be making decisions on issues that you care about, including the NHS, Housing, Education, the Arts and the Environment.


Who is eligible to vote in a UK General Election?

To vote in a UK general election you must:


  • Be 18 or over on the day of the election

  • 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.


You also need to be on the electoral register – you do this by registering to vote!


You only have to register once*, but you should re-register if you have changed your address, name or nationality since you first registered.

*if you have a term time address and a home address you can register twice, more details below.

What is the deadline for registering to vote?


You must register by 11:59pm on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December.

If you want to apply to vote by post, register before:

  • 5pm on 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales

  • 5pm on 21 November if you live in Northern Ireland

If you’re going to be abroad on election day, you can apply to vote by proxy after you’ve registered. It takes time to vote by post from overseas.

Don't miss your chance to Vote. Register today.


Registering to vote: What information do you need?


When registering to vote you will need to enter your address, date of birth, nationality and your National Insurance Number (if you have one). 

 *Students who have a term time and home address should ensure they are registered at both addresses so they can easily vote in elections.  


You can select 'Yes, I'm a student with home and term-time address' and then follow instructions.


It takes less than 5 minutes to register! Register here.


Where to vote (term time/home address)?


Students are able to register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses. In general elections, you'll only be able to vote in one.

It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a general election so students must pick one constituency to vote in.

It is up to you where you cast your vote!

Why Vote? Where to find out more?


General elections are a central part of UK politics and there are lots of reasons why you should vote (if you can). You can access unbiased information about why to vote, how to vote and key political parties on the Voting Counts Website.


Any questions or queries please drop me an email or pop into the SU Office!

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