#GenerationVote: Register before 17 April to vote in 3 May local elections!

Students in many parts of England will have a chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box on Thursday 3 May 2018.

Local elections will be taking place in all 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 68 district/ borough councils and 17 unitary authorities. Local authority mayoral elections will also be taking place in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Watford. A combined authority mayoral election will take place for mayor of the Sheffield City Region combined authority which covers the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

Students’ unions play a vital role in ensuring the student voice is heard. In many marginal seats across the UK the student vote has meant the difference between an MP keeping or losing their seat. The 2017 General Election showed that students and young people are far from apathetic and are determined more than ever to shape the debate. At our best we are a force to be reckoned with, and one that politicians cannot ignore.

However, in order to do this students MUST BE REGISTERED to vote by Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Our downloadable #GenerationVote guide includes all the facts and jargon you need to know about the voter registration process, and lots of tried and tested ideas for how to conduct engaging and effective registration drives for your students.

You can share our #GenerationVote Twibbon and our Facebook cover image to spread the message on social media, this graphic to promote the campaign on your website, use this poster on your campus - or create your own! You can also brighten up your campus with #GenerationVote bunting.

We have guidance on political activity in relation to students' unions and on how to organise hustings with prospective candidates.

We’d also love to hear about and see pics of your voter reg drives so please keep in touch and email them to or tweet @nusuk / @nusconnect with #GenerationVote.

Happy registering!