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A General Election has been called to take place on Thursday, 4th July.

There are two things students must do to be able to vote in the General Election.

*There are different rules on photo ID if you vote in Northern Ireland. 

 

How do I register to vote?

You need to register to vote on the UK Government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You can also find information about registering using a paper form on this website.

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

If you do not know your National Insurance number, you can get assistance in finding it here: https://www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number  

The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is midnight on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

 

Do I need to register to vote again if I change address?

Yes, you need to register to vote every time you change address.

Many students move over the summer, with 1st July being a common date for the start date of student tenancies.

If you are moving between the register to vote deadline on 18th June and the General Election on 4th July, the Electoral Commission recommends that you get in touch with your local council.

 

Can I register to vote at two addresses?

Yes, students are allowed to register to vote at more than one address.

We know that students often split their time between their term-time address and their home address, so it's important that you are registered at both.

With the General Election taking place on 4th July, it is more likely that students will be living at their home address rather than their term-time address.

 

Will I need photo ID?

Yes, this is the first General Election where voters will need to show photo ID before being allowed to vote. 

You can find a full list of accepted voter IDs in each UK nation via the Electoral Commission here.

These include: PassportDriving licenceBlue BadgePASS cardVoter Authority Certificate and more. PASS cards are not accepted in Northern Ireland - find a list of accepted ID in Northern Ireland here.

The photo ID needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.

 

Does student ID count as voter ID?

No, student ID cards issued by universities or colleges do not count as valid photo ID in UK elections.

Many students and young people do not have valid ID, so NUS has teamed up with CitizenCard to offer a FREE Voter ID (usually £18) to any student or young person who needs it.

Sign up for your FREE CitizenCard herehttps://www.nus.org.uk/citizencard

 

How old do I have to be to vote in the General Election?

You need to be aged 18 or over on polling day to be able to vote in a General Election.

So, if you were born on or before 4th July 2006, you're eligible to vote in the General Election.

If you live in England or Northern Ireland you can register to vote when you are 16 or over, and in Wales and Scotland you can register when you are 14 or over.

 

I'm an international student. Can I vote?

Some international students will be able to vote in the General Election.

British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK are allowed to vote in General Elections.

Qualifying Commonwealth countries include India, Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, Canada and many more.

Use NUS' Can I Vote? Tool to find our if you can vote in the General Election: https://www.nus.org.uk/can-i-vote

 

What if I'm away from home on 4th July?

You might be on your summer holidays in July, or you might want to vote at your term-time address despite being at home. If this is the case, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 19th June*.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 26th June*.

*If you live in Northern Ireland, the deadline to register for a postal vote or proxy vote is 5pm on Friday 14th June.

 

More you can do to get ready to Turn Up

 

Campaign partners

We want Turn Up to be the biggest student and youth voter registration campaign ever, so we're partnering with organisations to help spread the word!

British Youth Council

 

Generation Rent

Democracy Classroom

 

NUS Charity

 

If you're interested in partnering with NUS UK on the Turn Up campaign, email [email protected].