The next UK General Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday 5 May 2022. However, it is highly likely and expected that an early General Election will be called and could take place as early as October 2020.
Whenever the next election is called, it's really important that the views of students and young people are heard. We want to make sure you are all registered to vote and able to cast your vote in the next election.
Not sure if you're registered? What to know a bit more about voting? Read on for our FAQs, or click the quick links below to view a specific question.
- So, what do I need to know?
- How do I register to vote?
- I’m not sure if I'm eligible to vote
- I’ve not voted before - how does it work?
- Why should I vote?
- Who should I vote for?
- I am not here on election day, what do I do?
The next General Election, under the 'Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011', is scheduled to take place on Thursday 5 May 2022. However, an early general election could take place as long as two-thirds of MPs agree. This means an election could be called with relatively little notice. The current activity in parliament, and debate around Brexit, suggests that an election could take place this year, which is why it is so important to make sure you are registered to vote. We want you to be ready to enact your democratic right whenever the next election may next place.
All eligible voters should register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
All you need to register are your personal details, including where you live - whether that’s here in Hendon, London or elsewhere in the UK - and your National Insurance Number. If your home and term-time addresses are different, give the address you would prefer to vote from on an election day. You are entitled to register at both your home address and university address - but you can still only vote once in a general election!
To vote in a General Election you must:
Not all students studying in the UK are eligible to vote in the general election. To vote, you must be a British or Irish citizen, at least 18 years old and registered to vote. Citizens from Commonwealth nations, EU or a British Overseas Territory will also be eligible to vote if you have registered, however you should check whether voting in the UK would have any effect on your rights in your home country. Click here for more information.
Whenever the election takes place you will not be alone - the next election will be the first time that many people have voted. You can vote locally in person (either near your student accommodation, or at home), by post, or by proxy. Click here for more information.
How to vote:
As long as you have registered to vote, you will receive a polling card to your address before the election which will have your local polling station marked on it. Local polling stations to the university are listed here, or you can click here to search for your local polling station according to the address you are registered at.
Democracy is about people having their say and it is your right to vote and to be heard. People have fought and died for the right to vote for many years, and in many places around the world they still are. Voting in an election is about deciding who will represent you, and will make decisions that affect you.
This is your chance to vote for people and policies that you believe in.
That bit is totally down to you and your choice! You should vote for a party that represents your views and will make the changes and decisions that you want to see. Each political party and candidate will publish a manifesto (a statement telling you their views and what they want to achieve), and there will be lots of commentary and coverage of the elections and their views.
If you cannot vote in person, either at your university address or home address, you should look into voting by post, or by proxy. Click here for more information. Either way, you will still need to register!
Voting by proxy: If you are unable to visit your polling station yourself - due to a physical condition, or being on holiday, for example - you can apply to have someone you trust cast your vote in your place. Click here for more information.
Voting by post: In England, Scotland and Wales, if you are unable to visit your polling station yourself for various reason you can apply to vote by post. You will need to complete a form, print it, sign it and send it back to your local authority. Click here for more information.