Students can cast only one vote but can register at both their home and term time address, helping to ensure they can have their say at the ballot box during the transient Christmas period. NUS is urging students to take action now as the 26 November registration deadline fast approaches.
NUS elected officers have been traveling across the country visiting college and university campuses, signing students up to make sure their voices are heard in this pivotal election. Since the general election was announced, government data shows that more than 1.5m under 35s have registered to vote.
As part of its #WhenStudentsLead general election campaign, NUS has also teamed up with the Electoral Commission promoting its ‘Got Five’ campaign, to make sure students and young people are registered to vote.
Commenting, NUS National President Zamzam Ibrahim said:
“This is the general election of our lives and time is running out for students to register to vote.
“By being a voter, you can make the decisive change in this election. But you need to make sure you’re registered and make a plan to use your vote come polling day.
“With polling day coinciding with the festive wind-down, this means thinking ahead, making a plan of where you’re going to vote and coming out in large numbers to make a change.
“It only takes five minutes to register, so we’re calling on all colleges and universities to ensure this is clearly signposted and actively encouraged during classes. Take five and register now.”