Register to Vote


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On 29th October, Parliament voted to hold a 2019 general election on 12th December. A general election is where you vote for your MP - the individual representing you in national policy-making but in order to vote, you must register!

Registering to vote also allows you to vote in local elections, where councillors who make changes in the local area are elected. 



Where can I register?

It's possible for students to register in two addresses if, for instance, you're living away from home whilst at University, but you can only vote once in each election. 

If you live at two addresses, you will need to register twice to be eligible to vote from either address: once for your home address, and once for your term-time address.

Who can register?

You’re eligible to register to vote in elections if you’re both:

  • aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland)

  • a UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address)

What you need to know

You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number (but you can still register if you do not have one).

After you’ve registered, your name and address will appear on the electoral register. Contact your local Electoral Registration Office to find out if you’re already registered to vote.


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