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UK students, are you registered to vote?

While a general election hasn’t been called in the UK, it is widely anticipated that this will happen soon. We want to make sure you have the information you need to register to vote, and we recommend all eligible students who are living in Brighton & Hove register to vote as part of the University’s annual online registration process.

You can register for the 2019/20 academic year now. If you have already registered to vote using the academic year registration process then you do not need to do so again – unless you have since moved to a new address.

In the Online Registration system, under “Register to Vote”, you will need to complete a few simple details and save your data. The University securely passes this information to the Electoral Registration Officer for Brighton & Hove.

Alternatively, you can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

It is essential when completing your application that you include all parts of your address. If you are living in halls of residence, you must include your block, flat and room number; if you are living in rented accommodation then you must provide the full property address including flat and floor number if necessary. Should you not include a complete address then you may not be registered.

You can register to vote at both your main (home or family) address and your term-time address (for example, your halls of residence or student house). However, you can only vote in one location per election, so you would need to choose which location you would like to vote in.

You could consider applying for a postal vote if you want to vote at your main address but are unlikely to be there on polling day. Applications for postal votes must be received by 5pm, 11 working days before the poll.

To be eligible to vote, you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

For more information, visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

If you have already registered to vote in Brighton & Hove then you will receive a poll card shortly after an election is confirmed. To check if you are registered to vote in Brighton & Hove, you can email the Electoral Registration Office at electors@brighton-hove.gov.uk including your name and address.

Registering to vote is a quick step that ensures you are able to have your say in local and general elections. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity.


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 20 September 2019

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