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Last chance call for student voters! #RegisterToVote

Students across the country are being implored to sign up to vote by NUS as the deadline for registration fast approaches. Students have until Tuesday 26th November to  register to vote in the upcoming General Election.

NUS Scotland representatives across the country have been on college and university campuses, signing students up to make sure their voices are heard in the pivotal election.

The National Union of Students has teamed up with the Electoral Commission as part of its ‘Got Five’ campaign, to make sure students are registered to vote.

With the general election taking place as things begin to wind down for Christmas at colleges and universities, NUS Scotland has also been encouraging students to ensure they don’t lose their chance to vote. Students living away are eligible to vote at their home or term-time address. NUS are urging these students to make a plan for using their vote.

Commenting, NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe said:

“The deadline is fast approaching and time is running out to ensure students are registered to vote in this crucial general election.

“By being voters, students in Scotland can make the decisive change in this election. But they need to make sure they’re registered, and make a plan to use their vote come polling day. 

“It only takes five minutes to register and we’re calling on all institutions to ensure this is clearly signposted and actively encouraged during classes.

“With polling day coinciding with the festive wind-down, it’s crucial that students register and make a plan. Students living away from home can vote at either at home or their term-time address on polling day. That means thinking ahead, making a plan of where they’re going to vote and coming out in their droves to make a change.”

Electoral Commission guidance for student voters is available here.

NUS has been working with the Electoral Commission on the ‘Got 5?’ campaign to encourage students to register to vote, and has circulated toolkits to students’ associations across the country. 

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