The General Elections are right around the corner, but students need to make sure they’ve registered to vote else you could face an £80 fine, and lose your right to say who runs the UK on May 7.

People can no longer be automatically registered to vote, so now you have to do it yourself. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and it’ll only take about 5 minutes!

Don’t panic if you don’t have your National Insurance number – as Southampton’s electoral registration office have agreed that you can register with your student ID number instead, if you attend the University of Southampton. Simply select “I can’t provide my NI number” and input “I am a student at the University of Southampton and my ID number is xxxxxxxx”

Additionally, students can register to vote both at their holiday AND term time addresses, and then you’ll have the choice of where to vote come May 7.

For more information make sure you check out all the events SUSU are running in the build up to the General Elections – which include a debate hosted on the concourse by BBC Radio Solent! For more information on registering how to vote, check out the SUSU event on voter registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/922135861151788/

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