7 Things You Should Know About Voting in Local Elections

Local Elections are taking place in parts of England on Thursday, 4th May.

Here are 7 things students and young people should know about voting in these elections.


1. You will need valid photo ID in order to vote

New laws mean voters will have to show photo ID before they vote.

You can use out-of-date ID as long as it looks like you and has the name you registered to vote with.

Find a list of valid voter ID here: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id/accepted-forms-photo-id

We think Student ID and Young Person's Travelcards should be accepted as voter ID in elections. Sign our petition if you agree: https://www.nus.org.uk/voter-id-petition


2. These elections are in England only

Council elections are being held in 230 of England's 317 councils, and there are also 4 mayoral elections.

There are also elections in Northern Ireland on 18th May.

Check if there are elections in your area: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/your-election-information


3. Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm

As long as you are in the queue to vote by 10pm, you'll be allowed to vote.

Find your local polling station: www.wheredoivote.co.uk


4. You must be aged 18 or over and registered to vote

If you're 18 or over today, you'll be able to vote as long as you have registered to vote at your current address.


5. Some International Students can vote today

Students from Commonwealth countries, EU countries, British Overseas Territories and the Republic of Ireland can vote in local elections.


6. Students might be able to vote in two places

Students can register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses. You can vote in both places as long as they are in different council areas.


7. You can find your election candidates online

Check out candidates' parties, their election history, and find out the electoral system that will be used.

Find your local elections candidates: www.whocanivotefor.co.uk