Why should I vote in the local elections?

On May 3rd, Norwich City Council will be holding its local elections. As students, you’re able to vote in your home elections and elections local to Norwich. If you live in halls of residence, you are already registered to vote in the local elections. If you live off campus and are not registered, you have until Wednesday 18th April to register to vote.

Registering to vote is very easy; all you have to do is go to aboutmyvote.co.uk and click on the register to vote tab. You have to send your form off to Norwich City Council once completed so if you’ve got a spare moment this weekend or just want a quick break from revision, register and send the form off (the Council’s address will be generated to appear on the form.)

The City Council holds responsibility for lots of community issues. This includes things such as street lights, bin collection, transport and housing. The decisions that the City Council make have an effect on your day-to-day living in Norwich, which is why it’s important to get to the ballot box and have your say. Students make up a large and integral part of the local community and voting is the most direct way that you can make your voice heard.

In the 2010 General Election, the Vote for Students campaign made candidates listen to students and the Union successfully mobilised students to elect a candidate who opposed tuition fees (and he kept his promise by voting against them in Parliament.) The Council has power over things like the amount of Houses of Multiple Occupancy in the city; students are often likely to be living in HMOs so any changes to Council policy could have a massive effect on student accommodation.

The student voice is vital within our community, so make sure that you’re registered and then get to the ballot box on May 3rd to cast your vote. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, it just matters that you vote!

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