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Student registration

Are you registered to vote?

As a student you are able to register at home and at your term-time address. So wherever you are on election day, you can have your say.

There are other good reasons to register; the main one being that if you are not on the register of electors you may experience problems obtaining credit as the register is used by credit reference agencies to confirm your address.

So not being registered could mean you may struggle to get a new mobile phone contract, open a bank account and possibly later in life a mortgage.

How can I register?

Voter registration is now available online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You need to register to be allowed to vote in elections and referendums. The way you register has changed in 2014. The new system means:

  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system, the "head of every household" could register anyone who lived in one house.
  • You'll need to give some details to register, including your National Insurance number and date of birth. The makes electoral registration more secure.
  • As a student, you can register at your term-time address and at your home address - so whether you're at uni or at home, if you're registered, you can vote on election day.

Can I vote twice? At university and at home?

You can't vote twice in a UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary, National Assembly for Wales or European Parliamentary election. You would be committing an offence if you voted twice. However, you can vote in a local government election at home and at your term-time address, as long as they are in different local government areas.

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