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Students: go out and vote!

Monday 5 June 2017 NUS News

Two million more millennials are registered, but now it’s time for us to vote in #GE2017! If you've never voted before it can seem daunting, but it should be a fairly simple process. Here's everything you need to know.

The General Election is on Thursday 8 June and will shape the future of the UK. The outcome could be in students' hands.

How do I vote?

If you're one of the record number of 18-34 year olds who are registered to vote then by now you should have received a polling card through the post. (If you haven't then you can contact your local electoral office.)

The card will tell you where your polling station is but you don't need it with you to vote, so if you've lost yours then you can also find out where to go by entering your postcode here.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm so you've got all day to do it and it usually only takes a few minutes.

Not everyone who intends to vote remembers to do so on the day so make a plan and stick to it - whether it's on your way out in the morning, during a lunchtime break from revision, or on your way home. 

There have been examples of long queues at polling stations on Election Day, so we’d recommend going early on in the day if you can. But don’t worry - as long as you are in the queue before 10pm then they have to accept your vote!

You'll be given a ballot paper with the list of all candidates standing in your seat and take it into a polling booth so no one can see how you vote.

Read the paper carefully and follow the instructions - if you write anything else on the paper your vote might not be counted! (If you make a mistake you can ask to be given another paper as long as you haven't put it in the ballot box.)

If you've already arranged to vote by post or by proxy then you can sit back and relax. If you're voting in person on the day and need more information you can find it here.

Who should I vote for?

With all that out of the way you're left with the decision of who to vote for. To help cut through to the issues that matter, we arranged online hustings in big student seats, so if you're living in Belfast South, Cambridge, Cardiff North, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale, Ealing Central & Action or Lincoln then check out what your candidates had to say!

You can also read our policy asks to see how they match up to the parties standing in your area, specifically around apprentices, Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), scrapping tuition fees, bringing back NHS bursaries and protecting international students.

Then what?

Encourage your family and friends to vote by using the #GenerationVote hashtag!

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