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Make sure you're registered to vote

On 22nd May the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, announced that a General Election would take place on Thursday 4th July 2024. Please remember that you need to be registered to vote and if you are voting at a polling station, it is a legal requirement to bring photo ID.

For many students, this will be the first time you have the opportunity to vote. Students make up 10% of the UK voting population, the voice of students is so important in shaping the future of our country.

There are also a range of benefits to registering to vote beyond the ability to go to the ballot box. Being on the electoral roll can have benefits for your credit score, ability to access certain services and it may even make job applications easier. Find out more.

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key dates
Voter Registration Deadline

Tuesday 18th June, 11:59pm
If you're not registered by this date you will not be able to vote in the General Election on Thursday 4th July.

Register here

Postal Vote Deadline (to apply)

Wednesday 19th June, 5pm
If you won't be at your registered address on the day of the Election you can apply for a postal ballot.

Find out more

Voter Authority Certificate (to apply)

Wednesday 26th June, 5pm
If you do not have another form of photo ID you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to take to the Polling Station.

Apply here

Proxy Vote Deadline (to apply)

Wednesday 26th June, 5pm
If you want to nominate someone else to vote on your behalf on the 4th July, this is your deadline to apply.

More info

Ways you can vote
In person
By post
By proxy
Voter ID

Voter ID

All voters are now required to show photo ID when casting their vote at a polling station.

Double check you've got an accepted form of ID to use on polling day here.

Accepted ID includes:

  • a UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving license (full or provisional)
  • a driving license issued by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands
  • a UK passport
  • a PASS card (National Proof of Age Standards Scheme)

Don't have ID? There are two ways that you can get ID ahead of the General Election for free:

  1. Voter Authority Certificate This certificate can only be used for the purpose of voting in elections and referendums in England, Scotland and Wales - you will not be able to use it as proof of identification for any other reason. Find out more here.
  2. NUS CitizenCard NUS have collaborated with CitizenCard to allow students to sign up for a free CitizenCard. Not only can you use your CitizenCard to vote in elections but it's also a valid proof of age ID for nights out - ideal if you don't want to risk losing other forms of ID. Find out more and apply here using the code "NUS" to save £18.

Make sure that you check the deadline for ordering your ID to arrive before the 4th July. The deadline for Voter Authority Certificates is Wednesday 26th June and the deadline for ordering a CitizenCard for free to arrive on time is Thursday 20th June 2024 (if you miss the deadline you can pay a fee for express production and delivery).

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