You can register to vote at home and at university — and other top tips

Even if you’re not a British citizen you might be able to vote.

Unlike some first-year coursework, registering to vote can’t always be done the night before the deadline — it’s possible for the website to go down due to the high volume of people registering.

You can even do it on your phone

Not everyone knows that you can register to vote at university and at home. This is extremely important — with the next general election taking place on the 12th of December, the last week of lectures before the break for many, lots of students may be going home on or around polling day.

It’s so common to register at both addresses that the website makes it easy: it literally asks you if you’re a student with a term time and home address. The website works on computers and phones, so you can do it wherever you are — there’s really no excuse not to.

How long does it take?

The government’s website says it takes “about 5 minutes” to register to vote on their website, but I’ve found it can take under two.

When’s the deadline to register?

The deadline to register to vote in time for the next election is November 26th — so register before this date!

What do I need to register?

According to the website, “You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number (but you can still register if you do not have one).”

What if I’m away on polling day?

If you’re going to be away on polling day, get ready now: do not lose your chance to vote. You can easily register for a postal vote (where you post your vote) or proxy vote (where you get someone else to vote for you). Just make sure you do so before the deadlines.

Can I vote at home and at uni?

Whilst you can register at both your home and term address, you’re not allowed to vote at both in a general election, but you can in a local election — for example, for your local council.

Do I need to bring a polling card with me?

You do not need to bring the poll card with you, so don’t worry if you lose it.

When can I vote in person?

Polling stations are open 7AM to 10PM on Thursday 12th December.

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