A General Election will take place in the UK on Thursday 4th July 2024. Make sure you've got all in place to vote and ensure the student voice is heard.

Key dates

 
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We know you love to vote! Students make up 10% of the UK voting population so your vote matters in the upcoming General Election. Below we'll share some key information and additional resources so you can keep informed and be ready to vote to make sure the student voice is heard.

There are a number of key dates to be aware of ahead of the vote on 4th July:

Parliament prorogued: 24th May 
Dissolution of Parliament: 30th May 
Voter registration deadline: 18th June, 11:59pm 
Deadline to apply for a postal vote : 19th June, 5pm
Deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate (Voter ID): 26th June 
Deadline to apply for a proxy vote: 26th June 
Election Day: 4th July 
New Parliament summoned to meet: 9th July 
State Opening of Parliament: 17th July 

Can I vote?


To be able to vote in the UK General election, you must: 

 

How to register to vote


Citizens of the UK, Ireland, and Commonwealth nations can register to vote for UK Parliament elections as long as they meet other residence and qualifying requirements.

You can check your eligibility online. NUS have also provided a helpful recourse for International students to check their eligibility.

Registering to vote is quick and easy. You'll be asked to provide your name, date of birth, nationality and National Insurance number (if you need help with your NI number visit the gov.uk website for help). Check out the NUS website for full details.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have your ID?


Photographic identification is required to vote in-person in the upcoming election. If you currently don't have photo ID (note your student card would not be accepted) you can order a free Citizen Card using the code provided by the National Union of Students (NUS) - saving you £18! The deadline to apply for a Citizen Card is Thursday 20th June. Further information can be found on the NUS website. The Citizen Card will not be accepted as photo ID at Northern Irish polling stations. 

 

Additional resources

Find out more...

 

The National Union of Students (NUS) UK have launched the student manifesto for the General Election. You can read more about it on their website.

Similarly, NUS Scotland have launched their manifesto.

 

We know you may have more questions (for example, am I even eligible to vote). You can find out more information on the incredibly useful Democracy Classroom website.