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    Register to vote General elections 2024

    13/06/2024
    Your vote matters, don’t lose it. Register to vote now and leave your mark.

    A general election will be held on Thursday 4 July and, given the large number of students in the UK, you can make your voice heard. Below is everything you need to know, from how to find out if you are eligible to vote, to what forms of ID are accepted at a polling station.

    Turn up to vote

    MDXSU are dedicated to ensuring that your voice is heard by politicians and that as many students as possible vote in the election. Check out the campaign pages and find out why your vote matters.

    What is a general election?

    A general election is an opportunity for you to vote for your local Member of Parliament (MP). This person will represent the area you live in at the House of Commons for up to five years. There’s a choice of several candidates in each area and the candidate that receives the most votes becomes your MP. It’s important to vote for the MP that you want to represent you - MPs can propose new laws and raise issues that matter to you in the House of Commons. This includes asking government ministers questions about current issues including those which affect local constituents.

    Who can vote?

    To vote in the election, you must:

    • be a UK or Irish citizen,
    • be a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK, and
    • have your National Insurance number (found on payslips or your student loan documentation).

    International students may be able to vote in the UK depending on their nationality and citizenship.

    Check if you're a qualifying Commonwealth citizen

    The deadline to register to vote for these elections is Tuesday 18 June. If you're not registered, do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

    Register to vote before Tuesday 18 June at 11:59pm

    Did you know…

    • If you've recently moved house, you'll need to re-register at your new address to vote.

    Paying Council Tax doesn't automatically register you to vote. Check if you're registered today by contacting ero@barnet.gov.uk or phone 020 8359 5577

    Voter ID

    The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. Make sure you’re ready and check you’ve got the right photo ID. To find out what types of ID will be accepted visit the Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.  If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

    Not able to get to a polling station?

    You can apply to vote by post or by proxy if you're unable or don't want to attend in person.

    • If you aren’t able to get to your polling station on polling day you can vote by post. You must register to vote before applying for a postal vote. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 19 June.
    • If you do not have a valid form of ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline for this is 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024.
    • Proxy voting is when you nominate someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Apply online by 26 June, 5pm. Your proxy must show their photo ID when casting your vote at the polling station.

    For further information on registering to vote, Voter ID and ways to vote, check out the Barnet Council website or contact the Electoral Services Team on 020 8359 5577.

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