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Make sure you are registered to vote!

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER TO VOTE?

For many students, it could be logistically very difficult to return home to cast a vote on Polling day, especially if a snap election were to be called at short notice. To ensure that you do not lose your vote, as a student living away from home, you are entitled to be registered to vote from your term-time address and your home address (provided that these do not fall within the same local authority area).

In national elections such as a General Election or a Referendum, you must only vote once (from either address) and in local elections, you may vote from both addresses.

Voting is a great way to have your say, your vote could make a difference! No-one else can register for you and there are lots of students who are missing from the electoral register.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER TO VOTE?

Students from the UK, EU, Commonwealth, British Overseas Territories and British Crown Dependencies are all eligible to register to vote.

HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?

Registering to vote is simple and can be done by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

(If you do not know your National Insurance number, or do not have one, when asked please select ‘I can’t provide a National Insurance number’ and enter ‘student’ for the reason).

Alternatively, you can call Electoral Services on the number below and your details can be taken over the phone.

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER TO VOTE?

By law, you should be registered to vote. However, you may, if you wish, decide to only register at your home address. If this is the case, you need to advise your term-time elections office of this so that they can remove your details and do not send registration forms to you. This can be done by calling or sending a brief email to the address below.

Please make sure that you register to vote, or inform electoral services that you do not wish to register, to avoid receiving registration forms and a visit from an elections officer.

I THOUGHT I WAS ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Students need to re-register at their term-time address at the start of each academic year. Voter registration is linked to the address, and as most students move to a different property each year, all students are removed from the electoral register at their term-time address during the summer break.

Should you have any questions or need assistance with your registration, please do not hesitate to contact Electoral Services on 01227 862007 or email electoral.services@canterbury.gov.uk.