There is a General Election on the 12th December. This is a chance for you to decide who you want
to be running the country for the next few years.
A third of voters between 18-34 are not registered to vote. Yup, this is either you or one of your mates. If
you’re not registered you can’t vote, so do something about it!
Got 5? Whether it’s while you’re waiting for your lecture to start, waiting for the kettle to boil, or doing
your laundry, you only need five minutes to register to vote online.
It’s easy. Just visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Your vote matters and could make all the difference to your future.
If you want to get involved with the campaign and encourage others to register to vote you can join the RUSU General Election Voter Registration
Facebook group to find out how.
Who are we electing in this election?
Voters will elect 650 MPs who sit in the UK (Westminster) Parliament, and determine the future UK Government.
MPs are elected to a five-year term, with remits covering UK-wide matters such as Brexit, other foreign and
defence policy, immigration rules and social security, as well as domestic issues in England that are devolved
to the Nations, such as education, housing, health and transport. For more information on Westminster and MPs
take a look at the official Parliament website.
Why should I vote?
It’s essential that young people get out there and vote to make sure their voices are represented. Here's why young people should vote.
When is polling day?
Polling day will be on 12th December 2019 and polling stations will be open 07:00-22:00.
When is the deadline to register to vote?
The deadline to register to vote for this election is midnight on 26th November. You can register to vote online.
What do I need to register to vote?
You will need your National Insurance number as well as your current address (term time or home).
How do I register for a postal vote and is there a deadline?
To register for a postal vote you must complete
an application to vote by post and return it to your electoral form registration office by 17:00 on
26th November. You can find your electoral registration office at the Electoral Commision website.
How do I know what constituency I am in?
To find out which constituency (an area of the country represented by one Member of Parliament) you can search
the Parliament website.
Should I vote at uni or at home?
You can only vote once in the General Election. If you are unsure of whether to cast your vote at home or at
uni you can use this online
tool from The Guardian to find out where your vote could make more of a difference.
Additional information for disabled students and trans students
There are particular issues that some groups of students will face when it comes to voting in this general
election. Stonewall has a helpful guide to some of the voter
registration issues affecting trans people and solutions to them.
All polling stations will be wheelchair accessible and will have a polling booth adapted for wheelchair users.
Large print versions of ballot papers are available in every polling station, along with aids to enable blind
voters to mark their ballot papers without help. If a disabled student requires support to complete a ballot
paper on their own, they can take a friend or relative to the polling station to assist with this. The
presiding officer at the polling station can also help to fill in the ballot paper. While these measures
should help most students to vote, if they do not want to go to the polling station we suggest that you advise
them to either register for a postal vote or for a proxy