Tuesday 28-07-2015 - 09:47
Students’ unions did some amazing work in the run up to the general election on voter registration. The election might seem like a distant memory now, but there is still more to do to ensure that students are on the electoral register.
Elections will take place in 2016 in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, as well as locally around England and there is an EU referendum planned before 2017. There is also a planned review of the constituency boundaries in the UK. How new constituencies look will depend on the number of people registered in each area.
It's time to start meeting with your institution to talk to them about integrating voter registration with the course enrolment process – one of the most effective ways of making voter registration one step easier. This would involve creating a simple tick box as part of the enrolment process, which allows students to share their current address with the local authority for the purposes of voter registration.
We have produced a template letter which you can send to your Vice Chancellor or Principal and you can read our campaigns toolkit to help prepare your arguments prior to any meeting.