Register to vote

Did you know that as a student over the age of 18, you can vote in UK elections such as the General Election and local government elections?

All you need to do is register to vote.

You can do this at home and at your term-time address. In key national elections such as the General Election you will only be actually able to vote once, and if you are registered at your home address as well as your term-time address, you must choose where you will vote.

Why should I register?

Here’s what Ahmed Junaid, Academic Registrar here at Bloomsbury Institute has to say about why you should register:

“Voting is an important and integral part of a democratic process. Democracy’s success is directly proportional to the level of participation by the voters.

Engagement in the voting process enables our voice to be heard and contributes in shaping the local and national landscape of our country. All eligible students must take this opportunity to register and cast their votes during the election periods.”

How do I register?

If you are eligible to vote but have not yet registered, you can do so quickly and easily by registering online:

Register now

It only takes five minutes to register, and all you need is your student email and password. If you have any issues logging in, please contact IT Support (itsupport@bil.ac.uk or log a support ticket at www.bil.ac.uk/itsupport).

Remember: It is your responsibility to ensure you are registered to vote.

Who can vote?

This depends on the type of election.

You can vote in the UK parliamentary general election if you are:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • not subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

At a general election, the following cannot vote:

  • anyone under 18 years old
  • members of the House of Lords, who can vote at elections to local authorities, devolved legislatures, and the European Parliament.
  • EU citizens resident in the UK
  • citizens of any country apart from the UK, Irish Republic, and Commonwealth countries
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences (though remand, not convicted and civil prisoners can vote)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.

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