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Local elections are coming up!

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Have you registered yet to vote in the upcoming local elections in May? 

Got 5?

It only takes 5 minutes to register to vote in the UK. You have until April 14th to register and make your voice heard in the upcoming local election in May. As a student you have the choice to register at home or at your university address. So, whether you are on-site prepping for an exam, or staying at home for the holidays, you can still have your say on May 5th. 

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Am I eligible to vote?

Not everyone can vote in elections. In the UK you need to be:

  • registered to vote in the constituency
  • of voting age – 18 years old on polling day
  • either a British, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or an EU national citizen legally resident in the UK

When will the local election take place?

This election is more about your local area than it is about the UK as a whole. So, your vote will be responsible for what your home town will be like in the next couple of years. This includes things like how much council tax you will pay and what your taxes will go on. Some of you may be thinking, ‘I leave Reading soon anyway so why does this matter for me?’ This election will have an impact in Reading now, and by voting, you will also get to have an impact on the lives of future students and residents, so it’s important to cast your vote in this election.

For more details on why this election is important, head to the BBC website:

All it takes is 5 minutes! You can even do it while you wait for the kettle to boil, run a bath, or as you catch the bus back from Union. Register to vote today and know you’re going to make a difference.

If you aren't registered, you can't vote!