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students voting in the upcoming election
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debjud · 21/02/2015 10:25

DD applied for a postal vote - council has sent it to home address. Does anyone know if her halls of residence is OK as an address, or should she register it from home?

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boys3 · 21/02/2015 10:44

She can register to vote both with the Council covering her home address, and the one covering her term time address. She can then choose where to exercise her single vote for the general election - in either of the two constituencies - but obviously not both. However if there are also local council elections in both areas then she is legally entitled to vote twice in those elections - one vote in each of the Council areas.

Sounds like the postal vote has been requested from the home address Council and that is where they will send it to - obviously she can complete it and post it from anywhere she likes.

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2rebecca · 21/02/2015 10:45

My son has stuck with his home address for postal voting as halls addresses change that often.

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boys3 · 21/02/2015 11:12

www.cambridge.gov.uk/individual-electoral-registration

provides a reasonably short and concise explanation of how things now work.

Presumably with the fully online Individual Electoral Registration the changing of halls / term time addresses is largely removed as an issue??

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debjud · 22/02/2015 14:21

Thanks all for replying - will pass info onto DD

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SecretSquirrels · 22/02/2015 14:26

I didn't know they had a choice. DS was registered at home but had his arm slightly twisted to register at his halls. I don't know whether he will have been taken off our local register?
He is not studying it but is very interested in politics and keen to make his vote count and cancel out his DF's vote. In actual fact both constituencies are potentially marginal.

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PolkadotsAndMoonbeams · 22/02/2015 15:34

You don't get taken off the local register, but you'll only have one vote for the general election (home or university).

I always had a proxy vote.

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SecretSquirrels · 22/02/2015 15:44

No I realise he would only get one vote Grin but it does seem odd that you would get a choice of two possible constituencies.

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PolkadotsAndMoonbeams · 22/02/2015 15:47

It is a bit weird - my DSis uses her vote in our home constituency (England), but still voted in the Scottish referendum Confused

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amothersplaceisinthewrong · 22/02/2015 15:50

My son was at uni during the last election and had a vote here and one at Uni!

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catslife · 22/02/2015 19:47

As PP have said students can only vote once in a General Election see link www.electoralcommission.org.uk/faq/voting-and-registration/i-am-a-student-living-away-from-home.-where-can-i-register-to-vote.
Hope this makes it clearer.

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