Getting involved in democracy is a crucial aspect of being an active citizen. As a student of B&FC, you will be able to participate in the upcoming B&FC votes the week commencing Monday 17th April. By exercising your right to vote, you can have a say in what is important to you, shape the future of your college and contribute to building a better community.
This event is inspired by Make your Mark and is designed to prepare you on what to expect if you participate in a General Election.
Make your Mark
Make Your Mark gives all young people aged 11-18 in the UK the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing young people.
Supported by over 780 schools, colleges, youth groups, and Councils. Powered by the British Youth Council; made possible with kind support of BBC Children in Need, National Lottery Community Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The results will be used to decide what the UK Youth Parliament should campaign on in 2022-24.
There is loads of parties for you to choose to vote for in a General Election but it is important to vote for the party you align to the most.
Before a General Election, each party will release a manifesto. It contains the set of policies that the party stands for and would wish to implement if elected to govern. You should read these before a general election to be better informed before casting your vote.
To vote, you must:
- be registered to vote
- be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
- be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- not be legally excluded from voting
- Check you have Photo ID
FREE Student Voter ID
NUS have teamed up with Citizen Card to offer students a free voter ID.
As B&FC Students' Union are a member of NUS, all B&FC students can get a FREE voter ID from Citizen Card (usually £15). Just use the code NUS or by clicking this link.