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General Election 2024 - Register to vote!

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UK General Election 2024 - Register to vote! 

On 21st May 2024, thanks to the campaigning effort of the National Union of Students (NUS) and Students’ Union across the UK, the government has announced it would not scrap or restrict the Graduate Route Visa. It is great news for all students, and we commit to do more.

The best chance for us to do so is through voting...in the GENERAL ELECTION

 

What is the UK General Election? 

A General Election has been announced on Thursday 4th July 2024. Each of the 650 Constituencies across the United Kingdom will return one Member of Parliament (MP) to the Westminster Parliament. A UK Government will then be formed which will govern for up to five years. 

Along with British citizens, you are also eligible to vote if you are residing in the UK as a British Overseas Territories citizen, Irish citizen or Commonweath citizen (e.g. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, etc.) 

 

How do I register and when is the deadline? 

The deadline is 11:59pm Tuesday 18th June 2024. You can register online here.   

If you are not sure if you are already registered, then you can check via your local Electoral Registration Office here

 

How do I vote? 

You can vote in person at your local polling station on Thursday 4th July from 7:00am to 10:00pm. You have to show ID to vote.  

You may also apply for a postal vote, the deadline to do so is Wednesday 19th June 5:00pm.  

You can also vote by proxy (nominating someone to vote on your behalf). The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is Wednesday 26th June 5:00pm. You cannot vote online.  

 

What if I need further support? 

The National Union of Students (NUS) have a great website which offers lots of useful infirmation and student forucssed information on registering to vote and the General Election in general. The NUS also runs the “Turn Up” campaign to support student, which will send you everything you need if you pledge to turn up to vote in its website. 

 

Why should I vote? Because students have a voice!

The NUS will be calling for political parties to: 

  • Scrap the NHS Surcharge and restriction on working hours 

  • Simplify the graduate route and lower salary thresholds 

  • Build relationships with other countries to ensure that international students can access hardship funding 

As students and apprentices make up 10% of the voting population, we have the power to affect the outcome of the election and these affairs of ours. The next General Election likely won't happen for another 5 years – that's why we encourage you to use your voice now! 

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