Students' Guide to the 2024 General Election

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On Thursday 4 July, there will be a General Election in the UK. If you are not already registered to vote, you need to register by Tuesday 18 June.

Registering to vote

You can register and vote in this election if you are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen who is residing in the UK.

If you hold EU citizenship (other than the UK, Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), you can register to vote and will be able to vote in local elections, but you are not allowed to vote in General Elections including this one.

If you are not sure if you're already registered, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

Aside from voting, being on the electoral register (also known as electoral roll) is also important for your credit rating.

Home address or term-time address?

As a student, you may be eligible to register both at home and at your term-time address. Even though you may be able to register as a voter in two areas, you must not vote twice in a General Election, that is a criminal offence.

Who can vote - students for more information.

What is this election for?

The purpose of a General Election is to decide who the UK's MPs are and, indirectly, who the Prime Minister and government are. This video from the UK Parliament gives a simple overview.

What candidates and parties are there?

You can look up who will be standing for election in your area using Who can I Vote For.

Who is currently the MP for my constituency?

You can find out who your current/former MP is on That site also gives information about past voting records in Parliament which can be a useful guide to how MPs and parties will act in future.

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