If you have moved to Manchester this September or you’ve recently changed address, you will need to register to vote to be on the electoral register to be able to vote in elections and referendums in the UK (this includes the upcoming local elections).
This year due to COVID-19 canvassers from the council are unable to come onto campus. Instead this week, Manchester City Council will be sending an email to students who are eligible to register to vote, to remind you to register. This is not a scam email, and you should follow the links in the email to register on the Government website if you have not already done so.
Registering to vote is simple and only takes around five minutes – all you need is your National Insurance number.
If you’re a student it also means that you are able to be registered in two places – in Manchester but also back home (although this doesn’t mean you can vote twice in an election – that’s illegal).
If you split your time between two addresses – like a home address and a term address, you can register to vote at both addresses (as long as they’re not both in the same council area.) At local elections you can vote in both places. At national elections, like a general election, you can only vote in one place, but you can choose which place you vote in.
You need to register online before 11 December 2020. You can register to vote online here.