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We are a Voter Registration Champion: Why Your Vote Matters

We are thrilled to announce that we have been accredited as a Voter Registration Champion, a prestigious recognition awarded by Citizens UK. This initiative supports organisations in helping their members register to vote and ensures they are prepared to participate in the upcoming elections. As part of our commitment, we are dedicated to encouraging our students and communities to register to vote, understand the new Voter ID requirements, and turn out on voting day.

The Importance of Voter Registration

Citizens UK’s Voter Registration Champions initiative is an effort to combat the growing crisis in democratic participation. With the Electoral Commission estimating that 8 million eligible voters will miss out because they are not properly registered, and 4 million more due to the lack of Photo ID, it is imperative to address these issues. Furthermore, around 14 million eligible voters may not see the point in turning out to vote. This is a significant concern, especially for those at greater risk of exclusion from the democratic process, such as young people, non-UK nationals, renters, recent movers, those in economically disadvantaged communities, and ethnic minorities.

New Voter ID Requirements

As a Voter Registration Champion, we have taken several steps to promote voter registration and participation:

  • Engaging our Community: We are actively engaging our students and community members with resources that help ensure they are registered to vote, have the correct Voter ID, and are encouraged to turn out on voting day.

  • Utilising Resources: We are using the resources provided by Citizens UK, including digital badges and communication packs, to spread awareness and information about voter registration and the new ID requirements.

How You Can Get Involved

As a signed-up member of the Voter Registration Champion scheme, we are asking you to:

  • Register to vote: If you are not registered, you won’t be able to vote in the general election on 4th July. The deadline to register is midnight on 18th June. It is easy to register to vote – simply fill out the online form at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

  • Check Your Voter ID: Ensure you have the right form of ID for voting. You can find the list of acceptable IDs at Photo ID You’ll Need. If you do not have the right Photo ID, apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate by 5pm on 26th June at Apply for Voter ID.

  • Turn Out and Vote: Polling stations will be open from 07:00 to 22:00 on 4th July. Make sure to use your vote and have your say in the democratic process!

For more details about the campaign and Citizens UK, visit Voter Champion.

Your vote matters, and your participation in the democratic process is crucial. By registering to vote, ensuring you have the correct ID, and turning out on election day, you contribute to a healthier, more representative democracy. Let’s make a difference together and ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard. Join us in this important endeavour and help spread the word!