MEP urges universities to ensure students register to vote

Molly has written to Vice Chancellors across the region urging them to implement successful methods of ensuring students register to vote as soon as they join university. She cites successful processes used at universities in Sheffield and Lancaster where students register when they first join the university [1].

Molly Scott Cato said:

“It is vital that all students register to vote and for universities to make this process as easy as possible. This is even more important with a Tory government that would love to block young people from voting. It has become clear that Boris Johnson tried to opt for an early election date partly so as to limit the number of students registering to vote

“Whether we like it or not, the forthcoming general election is likely to be primarily about Brexit. For almost two million young people this election will be the first time they have been able to vote on our membership of the EU. With young people so overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU they could hold the key to whether we remain or leave. But if they are to have the opportunity to help shape the future of our country they must urgently register to vote and then exercise that vote.”

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[1] Example letter sent to all Vice Chancellors of universities across the South West region including Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Bath and Gloucester.

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