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Register To Vote

Click here to Register To Vote. 

At MDXSU we are dedicated to ensuring the views of students and young people are heard. We want to make sure you are all able to cast your vote in the next election, with all the knowledge you need to make an informed choice. 

The next London Mayoral Elections will be taking place on Thursday 6th May 2021.  

Not sure how to register to vote? Not sure if you're eligible to vote? Read on for our FAQs, or click the quick links below to view a specific question.


So, what do I need to know?

There are various national and local elections which take place across the UK where you are eligible to vote in. These include general elections, council elections and mayoral elections. The next Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections are scheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021. This is where people living in London will vote to determine who will represent them as the Mayor of London and as part of the London Assembly. 

How do I register to vote?

To register to vote simply visit the gov.uk website and click start now. You will be asked for your National Insurance Number but you can still register without one. 

To register to vote you must be aged 16 (or 14 or over in Sotland and Wales). You must also be one of the following: 

  • a British Citizen 
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK 
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission 
  • a citizen of anohter country living in Scotland or Qales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission. 

To vote in the London Mayoral elections you must: 

  • be registered to vote 
  • live in London 
  • be at least 18 years old on the day of the elections 
  • be a British citizen, a European Union citizen or a Commonwealth citizen who has or does not require leave to remain in the UK. 

I’ve not voted before - how does it work?

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. 

How to vote:

  • Find out which polling station you need to go. This will be on your polling card (that will be sent to your registered address). You don’t need to take your polling card with you when you vote but it helps!
  • When you arrive at your polling station (opening times 7am – 10pm) you will need to give your name and address to the staff so that they can check you’re on the electoral register.
  • You will then be given a ballot paper listing the candidates that you can vote for and the parties that they represent. Read the ballot paper carefully as this will tell you how to vote. You will then go into a private booth to cast your vote.
  • Once you have marked your vote, fold your paper in half and put it in the ballot box. If you write anything else on your ballot paper your vote may not be counted. It could be counted as a spoiled ballot.
  • You’re not allowed to take photos inside the polling station, but you can take a celebratory “I’ve just voted” selfie outside and share it with us on Instagram or Twitter!
  • If you registered for a postal vote but haven't sent it, you can complete the postal ballot and take it to your local polling station or electoral office before close on voting day.

Why should I vote?

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 that you believe in.