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Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming General Election is Tuesday 18th June at 11:59pm.

Students have the power to make a significant impact on politics in the UK. Have your voice heard by voting in the General Election on July 4th!

We've compiled some FAQs about voting as a student, with resources from NUS, to ensure you have everything you need to vote.

What is a General Election?

The UK is divided into 650 constituencies (e.g. Glasgow is divided into Glasgow East, North, North East, West, South, and South West). Each constituency has a Member of Parliament (MP), who represents it in the House of Commons in Westminster, London.

On the day of a General Election, residents over the age of 18 in each constituency go to their local polling stations to vote for MPs across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. To win, a political party must win an overall majority of seats in the House of Commons.

When is the next one?

The next General Election is on Thursday 4th July, and the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday 18th June.

Registration Closes In:

The National Union of Students (NUS) has more information available on the election if you need it. If you pledge to turn up and vote NUS can send you all information you need to take part.

Pledge to Turn Up and Vote

How do I register to vote?

It takes 5 minutes to register to vote

You will be asked to provide your name, your date of birth, your nationality, your address(es) and your National Insurance number.

Register to vote

If you do not know your National Insurance number, you can get assistance finding it.

What do I need to do once I've registered to vote?

Once you've registered to vote, ensure you have the right ID to vote on the day. These include:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Blue Badge
  • PASS card - not accepted in Northern Ireland
  • Voter Authority Certificate

You can find a full list of accepted ID in Scotland and a full list of accepted ID in Northern Ireland.

If you don't have one of the above ID, get a free voter ID from the NUS before 12pm on Thursday 20th June.

Can I still vote?

If I'm an international student

Some international students in the UK are eligible to vote. Irish citizens and qualifying Commonwealth citizens will be eligible to vote, as long as they are registered to vote and have valid photo ID. That means students from more than 70 countries and territories including India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Malaysia will be able to vote.

NUS have set up a eligibility checker for you to find out if you're eligibile to vote.

If I'm under 18

If you are under 18, you are not eligible to vote in this general election, but you can still get involved in campaigning! You can sign the NUS petition to lower the voting age to 16 and even if you're not allowed to vote, you still have the chance to have conversations and influence others to vote keeping topics you care about in mind.

NUS Manifesto for Our Future

If I live at 2 addresses

Students are allowed to register to vote at more than one address (e.g. a term time address and a home address).

Though you can register at more than one address, you can only vote once.

If I'm not able to physically attend a polling station

If you're unable to vote in person, either because you are away on polling day, registered as an overseas voter, are unwell, or have a disability, you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote and you need to apply by 5pm on June 26th. You can also apply to vote by post. This is called a postal vote and you need to apply by 5pm on June 19th.

Key Dates

  • Register to vote - 18th June
  • Apply for free voter ID - 20th June
  • Register to vote by proxy - 5pm on 26th June
  • Register to vote by post - 5pm on 19th June
  • Polling day - 4th July

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