Election Registrationfor students

Essential information for students on Electoral Registration

General Election 2019

Voting for the 2019 General Election will take place on Thursday 12 December.

Please read the information carefully below as it will help you ensure you can exercise your democratic right to vote should you wish to do so.

When you registered online with the University at the start of term you were asked to give consent for the University to share your contact information with the local authority (Charnwood Borough Council) for the purposes of the Electoral Register.

Please read the relevant section below, depending on whether you live in halls or off campus. 

Students who live in halls of residence

  • If you opted to give consent you are likely to be registered.
  • However, if you have not received a polling card by Monday 18 November you can check you are on the electoral register  The council will aim to respond within two working days.
  • If you are not on the electoral register you will need to apply to register to vote online
  • If you did not consent for the University to share your contact details with Charnwood Borough Council and you want to vote, you can still register by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote by midnight on 26 November

 Please now read the general information sections – about voting in the General Election and Polling cards. 

Students who live off-campus

  • Due to the snap General Election not all student data has been processed at this time.  The Council has put in extra resource to make sure this happens in time.
  • From Monday 18 November you can check you are on the electoral register  The council will aim to respond within two working days.
  • If you are not on the electoral register you will need to apply to register to vote online
  • Please note: As a student living off campus consider whether you applied to vote with Council directly during its annual canvass (this is when they send letters to all households asking them to check who is eligible to vote in the property).  If you replied to this, you may have received a polling card and you need to take no further action.

 Please now read the general information sections – about voting in the General Election and Polling cards. 

Polling Cards

A polling card is sent to everyone who is on the electoral register about four weeks before an election.

For students living in halls this is likely to be sent to your hall address. 

For students living off campus this will be the address that you listed when you registered with the University in September/October.

The polling card shows your Electoral Number and which polling station you should cast your vote at. You cannot vote at any polling station, only the one on your polling card.

If you do not receive a polling card then please consider a couple of factors:

  • Have you moved recently? Your polling card will be sent to the address at the time you registered to vote until you register the change via www.gov.uk/register-to.vote. You can still vote as you will still be on the Electoral Register, but you will only be able to vote at the polling station on your polling card. Please call Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634546 to find out your polling station.
  • If your polling card is missing or has been lost, don’t worry, call Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634546 to find out where you need to go and vote. 

Voting in the General Election

Please note you can only vote once in a General Election, it is a criminal offence to vote twice in the same election.

If you are registered at your home address as well as your term-time address, you must choose where you will vote.

If you want to vote at home but will be in Loughborough on the day of the election, you will need to apply for a postal or proxy vote by 5pm on 26 November.

If you are at home on this date and you wish to vote in Loughborough, you will need to apply for a postal or proxy vote by 5pm on 26 November.

General information about voting as a student

As a student you can register to vote at home and your term-time address. In key national elections such as the General Election you will only be actually able to vote once, either at home or in Loughborough. Voting twice in these kind of elections is a criminal offence. 

Who can vote?

This depends on the type of election.

A person can vote in UK parliamentary general election if they 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, unconvicted and civil prisoners can vote)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

REMEMBER: It is your responsibility to ensure you are registered to vote

Any Questions?

If you have any further questions visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/electoral_services or call Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634546.