The 7th of May marks the date of the 2015 General Elections. Voting at this election is so crucial, as it will decide which party will form the next government for the next four years. It’s particularly important to get as many students who are eligible to vote to make their way to their nearest polling station and vote on the party they think will best represent their needs and interests, because statistically, the 18-24 age group is the worst represented at the ballot box. However, new statistics from the BBC show that students could tip the balance of power at the General Election, by affecting the outcome in about 10 constituencies. Clearly, the student vote can and will make an enormous difference. It is therefore our priority to ensure that as many students as possible are well informed about the different parties’ political agendas, know who they’re voting for and most importantly, how to register their votes on the day. Here are some handy links that will help you find your local polling station and learn a bit more about why you’re voting.

Your council will have sent you a poll card telling you where and when to vote. Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on polling day, and are usually public buildings. Wherever you’re voting from, you can find your local polling station by visiting www.yourvoteyourvoice2015.com/where and entering your postcode on the right hand side.

Before you go, visit https://www.yourvoteyourvoice2015.com/ to find about more about the ‘whens’, ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of voting, put together by your Students’ Union to help show you how important it is that you vote.

And finally, as of 22:00 on 7 May, SUSU will be showing live coverage of the General Elections 2015 RESULTS throughout the night in The Bridge, so you can find out first-hand who will be moving into (or staying in) Number 10. Plus, the bar will be open all night and serving food so you can toast the new government or drown your sorrows: whichever is more applicable. Not to be missed.

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