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sophie atherton

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take 5 and register to vote

Hi everyone! We have started to welcome some of our new members this week so I thought it was important to remind you about registering to vote at university so you can always make your voice heard. With politics being so dramatic now, you want to make sure you can vote for all the upcoming elections whether they are expected or not. 

I recommend doing a little reading into the parties and what they are offering you as students as well as their views on important issues like Brexit. 

Why you should be registering to vote at university... 

1. Registering to vote reflects well on your credit rating. Although this might not be something you’ve ever thought about, if you want to get a mobile contract, rent, take a car out on credit or even get a mortgage, your credit-rating will be taken into account and it really helps if you’re on the electoral roll. 

2. Every vote counts. Only 43% of 18-24-year-olds voted in 2015. If more young people had voted, the outcomes of the elections they were voting in could have been altered dramatically. 

By registering at university, that does not mean you cannot vote when you return home whilst you’re studying as you can register both at your home address and university address. 

If you are not going to be available on the day of voting, you can apply for a proxy vote or a postal ballot. 

It takes 5 minutes to register- you could do it whilst making a cup of tea!

We’ll have members of the city council in with registration to vote stands in the hive on the 14th and 15th October who can help you to register. However, in the current political climate, a general election could be called any day! Make sure you’re registered so that you have a say! What are you waiting for? Take 5 and register to vote at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote 

If you have any questions about registering or voting then please feel free to email me at S.Atherton@uea.ac.uk 

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