15 January 2015
Students urged to register for General Election vote on 7 May.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Students’ Union is pleased to announce a new project with the support of Preston City Council in what is one of the first partnerships of its kind to encourage students to register to vote in time for the General Election on 7 May.
With individual registration now in effect, many students run the risk of not being on the electoral register due to having moved home in the past 12 months. If they do not register before the national deadline then they will be unable to cast their vote in the General Election.
The project, led by UCLan Students’ Union President Lee Mac, launches on Monday 19 January and will employ current students to explain the benefits of voter registration to other students through a series of fun on campus activities, door to door visits and social media activity.
The announcement comes on a day of national action organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) around General Election activity and education funding across Further and Higher Education organisations.
Lee said: “It’s important for students to engage in registering for this year’s upcoming elections. Not only does it set a precedent for students in the election, it also allows our community to be heard on a stronger platform.
It’s important for students to engage in registering for this year’s upcoming elections. Not only does it set a precedent for students in the election, it also allows our community to be heard on a stronger platform.
“Five years ago students who engaged in the election were left disappointed. If we as a community unite and come together we could change the way politicians view students. It’s essential to register this year as students who have moved in the past 12 months don’t automatically get registered. It’s quick and easy to register and could be done whilst making a brew!”
Preston City Council Chief Executive Lorraine Norris said: “We are delighted to be working with UCLan Students’ Union, in what is one of the first partnerships of its kind in the UK. We realise the importance of engaging with young people in Preston as they are the next generation for democracy.
“It is vitally important that students and young people register to vote with this year being election year. If they do not register they have no vote, no voice, and no say.”
A final date for registrations has not been announced yet but it will be sometime in mid-April.