What you need to know about the upcoming election

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A rain-soaked Rishi Sunak took the news by storm on 22nd May, calling a general election on 4th July, 2024.  Although most of us know what a general action is, a quick synopsis is always useful.

The general election is an opportunity to elect Members of Parliament to the House of Commons based on your constituency. Whoever wins the election in your area will then become the MP who will represent your local area in Westminster.

It has undoubtedly been a turbulent time for young people throughout the last decade, from the cost of living crisis to the COVID-19 outbreak. The upcoming election is vital, offering a possibility to create change, and with this being the first election since 2019, it’s the first time voting will be available for many young people – this is an opportunity to have our voices heard.

Let’s be honest, recent governments have made the voting process, from registration to ballot box, increasingly awkward, complex and cumbersome. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of useful links to guide you through every step of the way of the process of voting in the election on 4th July.

Here’s everything you need to know.

1.    Register to vote

If you still need to register to vote, the deadline for online registration is 11:59 pm on Tuesday 18th June, 2024. Follow this link to join the electoral register and get your voice heard.

2. Find out more about the election

Unsure about the general election? Here are some handy links for people wanting to know more.

3. Research the parties and what they stand for

Each party will release or has already released a manifesto. It is urged that voters read up on the different parties and what they will represent for their constituency before placing their votes.

4. Research your constituency and the proposed candidates representing your area

To check your constituency, simply put your postcode into the constituency checker and see who the candidates are for your area.

5. Bring a Photo ID

This general election will require you to bring a form of photographic identification to vote. You can read the accepted forms of ID here

6. Vote on July 4th 2024!

Even if you feel daunted by the aspect, voting is one of the most important ways of getting your voice heard and lobbying for change. 

Together we need to represent our generation by voting, making way for a brighter and fairer future

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