City’s universities unite to encourage students to register to vote

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With only days before the 26 November registration deadline for the December 12 General Election, Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Liverpool Hope University are collectively encouraging the city’s 70,000 students to register to vote.

In a joint statement leaders of the four institutions, including Liverpool John Moores Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Campbell, said: “The move away from household registration to individual registration has had significant consequences for the student population and, as the leaders of large, civic institutions each committed to the City of Liverpool, we believe it is not only our duty, but also our responsibility to ensure students have the support and information they need to participate in elections.”

Activities to support student voter registration are well underway across the city’s campuses. Regular communications have been paired with a range of reminders and support from Students’ Unions and lecturers.

At Liverpool John Moores University, the Students’ Union has employed dedicated Voter Registration Representatives to go into halls of residence and around campus to encourage students to register and to turnout at their local ballot stations.

At the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Heads of Discipline and student representatives are encouraging students to register and students at Liverpool Hope University will have the opportunity to attend a hustings on campus on 5 December.

Meanwhile, lecturers at the University of Liverpool have been encouraged to set aside five minutes in some of their classes to give students time to complete the registration process online.

Students can register at both home and term-time addresses so you can choose the location (although you can only vote once!)


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