Government changes to the electoral register have meant that universities and colleges can no longer block register students living in Halls of Residences to vote. This has meant huge reductions in the number of voters registered in areas with a high student population – including Cambridge.
Some universities have nevertheless helped their students to register, such has Sheffield where the decline in the number registered voters is smaller than Cambridge.
This fall could have important ramifications for the upcoming election, both in Cambridge and across the country. Daniel Zeichner, Labour’s candidate for Cambridge, said “I worry that students will arrive at polling stations in May only to be turned away. Throughout history, the right to vote is a principle people have fought and died for. If you are going to change the system, it is essential you give people every chance to take part.”
“The student vote is crucial to Cambridge; roughly half the electorate are likely to be students. Your vote really matters here and I would urge you to ensure your vote is registered. The government have doubly betrayed young people: first with tuition fees, and now by failing to explain the new registration system, denying students the right to express their feelings about this governments attitude towards young people. You have to wonder whether they are that bothered about young people voting.”
To register to vote visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote You will need your National Insurance Number.