“Just because you don’t take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you”. That is the view of Student Association President, Jamie Rodney, who along with Stephen Gethins, MP for North East Fife, is urging students to register to vote.
With an early general election becoming increasingly likely, it is vitally important that students ensure they are registered to vote so as to not miss out on a surely historic general election.
In order to be eligible to vote, students must be 18 years or older on the day of the election and be UK, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth Citizens, who are also residents at a UK address.
Students who are not yet registered but qualify can register at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
As articulated by our Student Association President, it is extremely important that students register to vote as “Our MP has a majority of literally two votes” (the smallest majority of any UK constituency).
Equally, Mr Gethins has stressed the unique importance of the forthcoming general election due to Brexit saying, “Every election matters, but none more so than now, when we are seeing the very foundations of our democratic system challenged and changed, possibly forever.”
Thus, as Mr Rodney concludes, “With balance of power so tight in parliament, it’s not an exaggeration to say that St Andrews students could decide the future of this country.”
Furthermore, by registering to vote students can also partake in various other elections which will greatly impact St Andrews.
Students are eligible to vote in Scottish Parliament and local council elections if they are a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen and are a resident at an address in Scotland. In addition, unlike in a general election, the voting age is just 16.
With a general election fast approaching, students are being urged to seize the initiative and in doing so, register to vote or make sure that they are registered already.
Mr Rodney emphasized this by stressing that “It takes two minutes to register to vote. With the balance of power in Parliament so tight, and with North East Fife such a marginal constituency, there’s no excuse not to vote. The future of the country literally depends on it.”