If you haven’t registered to the electoral register please think about doing so as you settle into life as a student. If you’re British, or a Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen you are entitled to register to vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register to vote in local and European elections.
Why should I be on the electoral register?
If you are not registered you can’t vote. The electoral register is also used in credit referencing when buying some items, such as mobile phones, or opening a bank account. Some employers also check credit referencing.
I’m not British, can I vote?
Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland citizens are entitled to register and vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register and vote in local and European elections.
I’m already registered at my home address
That’s great, though it is worth checking that you still are. You are entitled to be registered at home and your student address. At local council elections you can vote in both as well.
What if I’m not interested in voting?
Voting is not compulsory so you can choose whether to vote or not.