With more than 1.8 million UK students in Higher Education, most between the ages of 18-24, some students will be casting their vote for the first time on Thursday 8 June.
BU is reminding UK staff and students over the age of 18 that it’s their right to vote, and they can do so, if registered, at polling stations close to either their home or term-time address from 7am until 10pm.
If unable to vote in person, voters can opt to vote by proxy and choose to have someone vote on their behalf by registering before 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.
The polling station should be noted on the poll card that is posted to the address of each registered voter. BU is impartial to party politics and is not affiliated to any particular party or candidate.
BU Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Vinney, said: “It is very important that all eligible staff and students are able to express their views and opinions across a wide range of issues by exercising their right to vote.
“An election is intended to select members of parliament for the constituencies, or areas, in which we live. The party that represents the majority of elected candidates will then be invited by HM The Queen to form a new government.”
He added: “As a university, the principles of democracy are at the heart of all that we do – we do not stand for any particular view, party or candidate, but we do believe that every vote is uniquely important and that staff and students should have their say on the future government of the UK.”
For more information about the candidates standing for election in your area, enter your post code at: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/.
To vote via proxy, visit: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy