Everything you need to know about the upcoming snap General Election - and how you can make sure your voice is heard.

General Election 2017

Everything you need to know about the upcoming snap General Election - and how you can make sure your voice is heard.

The 2017 General Election takes place on June 8th. Polls are open from 7am-10pm.

Despite huge numbers of young people registering to vote, turnout at the 2015 General Election amongst 18-24 year olds was only 43% - compared to 70% of over 45s. Students of all ages turning out could make a radical difference to the result of this election.

Registration to vote has now closed. It's time to get informed and choose which candidate will best represent you and improve the things that matter to you.

 

Get informed about the candidates in your area

Who Can I Vote For? provides a handy guide on who's running for Parliament in your area, including links to candidate websites, social media accounts and contact details.

The manifestos of the major parties can also be found with a quick search, which outline the key priorities of each party if they get into government.

Lewisham Deptford Candidate Hustings - Friday 26th May

We're bringing together some of the candidates for the local Lewisham Deptford seat to help you to get informed on how best to use your vote.

Join us in The Stretch from 3-5pm on Friday 26th May to hear from the local Labour, Lib Dem and Green candidates. Find out more on the event page.

They'll be discussing and debating the issues that matter to you as students - from affordable housing and tuition fees, to mental health services and the NHS.

Polling day information

You can find out where your local polling station is on the Where Do I Vote? website.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. You don't need your polling card or ID to vote - just give them your name and address.

Apply to vote by proxy if you can't make it to the polling station

If you realise you can't be at your polling station on 8th June, you can apply for someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You must register for a proxy vote by Wednesday 31st May.

Many students will also be registered to vote in two constituencies - your permenant and term time addresses. Whilst it's illegal to vote more than once, this does mean you have the opportunity to choose where your vote is best placed.

This handy guide will help you to work out where your vote will have the most impact, for example if one your addresses is in a marginal seat.

 

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