If you haven't registered to vote in Liverpool before, please think about doing so as you settle into life in here.
If you want to rent, get a mobile contract, or sign up for a credit card, it really helps if you're on the electoral roll, which is basically a list of everyone who's registered to vote. This also means you can be a part of big decision-making, including voting for a new government.
Students are able to register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses. If your home and term-time address are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections at both. However, in general elections, you'll only be able to vote in one.
If you're not sure if you're already registered to vote, you can check by getting in touch with your local authority. Enter your postcode to find your local electoral registration office, and contact them directly. If it turns out you're not on the electoral roll, register to vote. Registering online only takes about three minutes, so there are no excuses!
If you're British, or a Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen you are entitled to register to vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register to vote in local and European elections.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I be on the electoral register?
If you are not registered you can't vote. The electoral register is also used in Credit Referencing when buying some items, such as mobile phones, or opening a bank account. Some employers also check Credit Referencing.
I'm not British, can I vote?
Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland citizens are entitled to register and vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of European Union states are entitled to register and vote in local and European elections.
I'm already registered at my home address
That's great, though it is worth checking that you still are. You are entitled to be registered at home and your University address. At local council elections, you can vote in both as well.
I'm not interested in voting
Voting is not compulsory so you can choose whether to vote or not.