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General Election 2017: Everything you need to know!

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Have you registered to vote yet?

With the Snap General Election called for the 8th June, there is less than a month to get educated on the issues that matter to you and how you can make your voice heard.

 

The SU is here to help you do just that! Here’s how:

 

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  • We’re hosting voter registration tables on campuses all week in time for May 22nd to make sure you’re all registered to vote.

 

 

  • The Executive Officers will be meeting all available MP candidates in the run-up to June 8th to ask them about what matters most to you.

 

  • We will also be hosting hustings in Cambridge and Chelmsford, allowing students to engage with all candidates running to be your Member of Parliament. The event is free but tickets will need to be booked ahead - get tickets for Chelmsford or Cambridge

 

There are only five days until May 22nd to register. But fear not, registering will only take five minutes. Before you do, there are a few things to take into account.

 

Where will you be on 8th June?

Most students have a different home address to their term time address, so please make sure you’re clear on where you’re going to be. You can vote in either constituency. Find out your constituencies here and who’s running in them here.

Where will your vote make the most difference?

If you’re wondering whether or not your vote will matter more in in your term time constituency versus your home constituency, have a look at this website.

Will you have time to go to the polls in person?

If you really aren’t sure where you’ll be, won’t be in the country, or will be too busy to go to a polling station on June 8th, you can register to vote by proxy or send in a postal vote by May 23rd. Find out more about how you can do either of those here.

 

Now that’s all been said and done: time to get down to what matters to you.

If you’re not sure who or what you’ll be voting for, have a look at this website. It asks you about your preference on issues over parties, and then suggests parties or candidates you could vote for based on your results.

You'll get a much better idea of what candidates will do by coming along and meeting them face to face at hustings - don't forget to book now!

The Officer Team will also be writing articles to feedback to you on our meetings with candidates for MP, so keep your eyes peeled!

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