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Student voters urged to register at two addresses to avoid losing their voice

Sunday 24 November 2019

With the general election taking place as colleges and universities close for the Christmas period, National Union of Students (NUS) is encouraging all eligible students to ensure they don’t lose their voice by registering to vote at both their home and term-time address.

Students can cast only one vote but can register at both their home and term time address, helping to ensure they can have their say at the ballot box during the transient Christmas period. NUS is urging students to take action now as the 26 November registration deadline fast approaches.   

NUS elected officers have been traveling across the country visiting college and university campuses, signing students up to make sure their voices are heard in this pivotal election. Since the general election was announced, government data shows that more than 1.5m under 35s have registered to vote.  

As part of its #WhenStudentsLead general election campaign, NUS has also teamed up with the Electoral Commission promoting  its ‘Got Five’ campaign, to make sure students and young people are registered to vote.

Commenting, NUS National President Zamzam Ibrahim said:

“This is the general election of our lives and time is running out for students to register to vote.

“By being a voter, you can make the decisive change in this election. But you need to make sure you’re registered and make a plan to use your vote come polling day. 

“With polling day coinciding with the festive wind-down, this means thinking ahead, making a plan of where you’re going to vote and coming out in large numbers to make a change.

“It only takes five minutes to register, so we’re calling on all colleges and universities to ensure this is clearly signposted and actively encouraged during classes. Take five and register now.”

ENDS

Notes to editors
Contact: NUS Press Office | pressoffice@nus.org.uk| 07866 695010

  • Zamzam Ibrahim, NUS National President is available for interview, please contact the press office.
  • Electoral Commission guidance for student voters is available here.
  • NUS has been working with the Electoral Commission since the beginning of 2019 on the ‘Got 5?’ campaign to encourage students to register to vote, and has circulated toolkits to students’ associations across the country in preparation for this general election.
  • National Union of Students UK general election manifesto is available here . Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales manifestos have also been published.
  • Voter registration data is available from the Gov UK website:  https://www.gov.uk/performance/register-to-vote/registrations-by-age-group
  • NUS Is encouraging all students to register to vote at both their home and term-time address and then to look at where their vote will have most impact. If they are not going to be able to make it to the polling booth they should register for a postal vote to make sure that they can have their say.