Oxford Brookes encourages students to register to vote

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Oxford Brookes is encouraging students to register to vote by 22 May so they can vote in the UK general election on 8 June.

The University is reminding students that they need to register to vote by the deadline so they don’t miss out on the chance to have their say.

Figures from the Electoral Commission show that around seven million people are not correctly registered to vote in the UK.

The majority of our students will shortly be leaving the University to go home for the summer and this is where they will vote, so it is important we get the message out now to ensure they are registered at their correct address.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Professor Alistair Fitt said: “With less than a week left to go it is important that students who are not registered to vote remember to do so. It is quick and easy to do online.

“The majority of our students will shortly be leaving the University to go home for the summer and this is where they will vote, so it is important we get the message out now to ensure they are registered at their correct address.”

Registering to vote

  • You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote You need to have registered by midnight on Monday 22 May to vote in the general election on 8 June.
  • To register you’ll need your National Insurance (NI) number, date of birth and your address.
  • If you don’t have your NI number call 0300 200 3502 or visit www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number as soon as possible so it can be sent to you before 22 May.
  • If you are already registered to vote, you don’t need to register to vote again for the UK general election.
  • If you’re back at home on 8 June, make sure you’re registered at that address to be able to vote.
  • Are you on holiday on 8 June? You can still vote! Register before 5.00pm on 23 May to vote by post or to vote by proxy, register by 5.00pm on 31 May.
  • Remember, if you have a term time and a home address and you are registered at both, you are only allowed to vote once in the election.
  • Contact your local authority if you have any questions about whether or not you are registered to vote. You can find the contact and address details for local authority online.

For more information on registering to vote visit the YourVoteMatters website.