General Election 2024

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Are you ready to vote?

The UK General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Students make up 10% of the UK voting population, so this is a real chance to have our voice heard and vote for a better, brighter future.

We have the power to make politicians and political parties take note of students, but the only way we can do this is by turning up to vote. Before we can do that, we must be registered to vote.

Key General Election dates

    General Election called
    Voter Registration deadline
    Deadline to apply for a postal vote
    Deadline to apply for a free CitizenCard (ID) via NUS
    Deadline to apply for a proxy vote
    Deadline to apply for Voter ID (Voter Authority Certificate)
    General Election Day

Follow these steps to make sure you’re ready:

  1. Check you’re eligible

    Voting isn’t just for UK citizens. Students from Commonwealth countries can vote if they meet a few basic requirements. Check to see if you can vote at

  2. Register to vote by 18 June

    It takes five minutes to register at All you need is your name, address and national insurance number. You can register your term-time and out-of-term address, so you can vote wherever you are on 4 July. If you would like to vote via post, you must register your postal vote by 19 June. If you would like to nominate someone to vote on your behalf (by proxy) you must apply for a proxy vote by 26 June.

  3. Get voter ID by 26 June

    You need a valid form of photo ID to vote. Your Student Card does not count. If you don’t have a passport or driving license, you can get a CitizenCard for free (usually £18) with the National Union of Students’ code – get here before 20 June. Alternatively, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate on the website until 26 June.

  4. Vote on 4 July!

    Place your vote in-person at a polling station (7am-10pm), by proxy or by post. If voting at a polling station, you will need to take your photo ID. The team will ask for your name and address, check your ID and hand you a ballot paper. You’ll then head to a booth where you can cast your vote in private. Mark the candidate you want to vote for, fold the paper and put it into the ballot box on your way out. It’s that simple! All votes will be counted overnight so on Friday 5 July, we should know who the next Prime Minister is.

Pledge to Turn Up and Vote

Join thousands of other students across the UK and pledge to Turn Up and Vote. By signing, NUS will send you all the information you need to take part in the election.

Join 1000+ other Coventry students on our unique pledge page

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