General Election 2019: Get Yourself Registered to Vote
Posted 1 November 2019
How to register to vote in the upcoming General Election
A General Election has been called and will take place on Thursday 12 December.
Over the coming weeks, Hull University Union will be providing information and support to ensure that all students eligible to vote are well-informed and able to engage in the voting process.
First of all, let’s start with the basics – make sure you’ve registered to vote!
How do I register to vote?
To register to vote, visit here and fill in the simple form. The deadline for registering before this election is midnight on Tuesday 26 November.
If you are a student with both a university address and a home address, you can be registered to vote at both your university address and your home address.
However, in a national poll such as a general election or referendum, you must only vote once, and it is up to you to choose which address you vote from.
It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a national poll.
If you aren't able to vote at the polling station on the day (for example, because you want to vote in your home area and you will still be at university, or vice-versa), you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.
What is a postal vote?
A postal vote is where you receive your ballot paper through the post, and then must complete and send it by post to your electoral services office.
To apply for a postal vote, you must apply before 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland, you must apply before 5.00pm on Thursday 21 November.
You will need to download, print and fill in a form, and then return it to your electoral services office.
What is a proxy vote?
If you are going to be abroad on polling day, you can apply for a proxy vote, where you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. They must do this at your polling station.
You must apply for a proxy vote before 5.00pm on Thursday 5 December in England, Scotland or Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland, you must apply before 5.00pm on Thursday 21 November.