Voting as A Student

Raising your voice on issues you care about is one of the ways I have gained confidence at the University, not just within the institution but the country at large.

Sheffield has just passed through a local election on the 6th of May 2021. For anyone who did not register to vote or is soon to come to Sheffield – you are allowed to vote in your term time residence as a student. It is extremely important to have your say. Here is how you do it.

  1. Check your details: you have a few requirements to meet to register. You must be a UK citizen: this includes Ireland, qualifying Commonwealth citizen, an EU citizen in the UK and aged 16 (but you only vote at 18 years old).*Double check the regulations on the government website.
  2. Take 5 minutes: use the Government website (https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote ) to enter your information. You will be asked personal information, so be prepared to provide it – this will be stored safely.
  3. Get that mail ballot! You should receive a ballot in the mail from your local council to either vote in any local elections, referendums, and national elections. If you do not receive it at least a week before the vote, contact your council.
  4. Polling Day. Many people do not practice their right to vote, it is so significant in changing the governance of the country. Go to your selected polling station and give the helpful volunteers someone to smile at.

-Hannah (Third Year, English and History)

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