It takes only a few minutes
Registering to vote is much quicker and easier than you may think. It takes just a few minutes by and you can do it by heading to the official website here. All you need is your National Insurance number and your passport if you’re a British citizen living abroad, and want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales.
It improves your credit rating
Something that a lot of people don’t realise is that being registered to vote actually improves your credit rating. This is because it allows any interested party to confirm that you are who you say you are and that the details you have provided are accurate.
Approximately a third of young people aren’t registered to vote
One third is a huge statistic when it comes to politics, and this number of votes can massively affect the voting outcome. Approximately a third of 18-24 year-olds are not correctly registered to vote, or are missing entirely from the register. Even if you believe that you are registered to vote, it is important to double check that you are registered to vote properly.
There could be an election at any time
With the current political situation, there could be an election at any moment and it’s difficult to tell how things are going to play out. This means it’s best to ensure you are registered to vote at any time to avoid missing the deadline.
You have a right to vote
Everyone has a legal right to vote, but wasn’t always the case. Many years ago, very few people had the right to vote and we have come a very long way since – so it’s extremely important to make the most of it!
Politics affects everyone, including young people and students, and voting in elections is one way in which you can help make a difference for yourself and for the future of young people. The Roehampton Students’ Union have recently launched a campaign called #YourVoiceMatters, find out more here.
To register to vote, head to the official website here.