Tuesday, 24 February 2015

New competition launched to encourage students to register to vote

A package of measures worth £530,000 will be invested in encouraging students to register to vote, the government has revealed.

The National Union of Students will be allocated funding to run national competition for student unions to find the best ideas to get students to sign up to the electoral register.

The best ideas will receive up to £10,000 to fund events or other projects proposed by student unions across the country.

There will also be funding to boost campaigns to help ensure every student has the information they need to register.

Investments will also be made across the Further Education sector to encourage young people in schools and further education colleges to get involved in the campaign.

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“This year will be the first time many students get to vote in a general election.

Like going to University, it’s a vital rite of passage that I believe everyone should be proud to be part of. But to have your say, you have to register.

"You may already be registered at your parents’ address, but if you want to vote in the constituency where you study, you will have to register there.

“It only takes a few minutes with our new online system, and I am delighted that the NUS and other student organisations will be working with us to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get on the register and take part.”

To find out more about registering to vote and to sign up to the electoral register, click here.