Amy Rust

campaigns & democracy
amy.rust@uea.ac.uk

Your Vote Matters: General Election 2017

General Elections are an exciting time as voters get to decide who will represent them and who will run the country for the next 5 years.

For some of you this will be the first time you’ve ever voted in a General Election, for others this will be the 2nd time in three years that you’ve voted in Norwich. This is your opportunity to cast your vote for the Member of Parliament of your choice, and to ultimately take part in the democratic process of deciding which political party will form the Government of the United Kingdom.

Some of you might remember that in 2015, we ran Goats for Votes and registered over 1000 students to vote- this year we’ll be spending the next 6 weeks encouraging as many of you to register and have your say on the outcome of this election. As your SU, we want to make sure the voice of students are heard loud and clear, so we’ve put together some resources and information to make sure you’re able to vote and understand who you can vote for.

If you are not already registered to vote, go to: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The deadline for registering is 22 May 2017, to vote in the General Election on 8 June. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

What do I need to register? 

You’ll need your National Insurance number, date of birth and address. If you don’t know your National Insurance number - call 0345 600 0643 or visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number

Moved house?

If you think you are registered at an old address or want to move your vote to Norwich, you can update your details using the main link: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You can register your vote in two places but only vote once in a General Election.

I’m an international student, can I vote?
For many students, where they study is their home, and being able to shape the future of their area and country is important. Students from Commonwealth countries are eligible to vote in all UK elections, provided they are a resident in the UK at the time of registering. You will need to provide details of your status in the UK (i.e. a student visa) when registering.

 

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