Local Elections: Register To Vote

If you’re not already aware, local elections are taking place across England and Northern Ireland on Thursday 2 May.

Runnymede Borough Council, the local authority who cover the University, have 41 seats up for election this year.

Unlike General Elections, students are able to vote TWICE in local elections – once in the area where you live outside of term time and once where you are located to study.

So if you are studying at Royal Holloway and live within the Runnymede borough, you’ll be eligible to vote, as long as you’re on the electoral register.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is today!

Register to vote

Why is it important to vote?

Just being registered to vote gives you power; it gives you influence and a stake in society. When politicians make decisions, they look at who is on the electoral register and who votes. And what do they see? As it stands, only one third of young people aged 18-34 are registered, compared to 96% of older people. It’s time to change these numbers!

What are Runnymede Council responsible for?

A wide range of statutory services, including:

  • Refuse and recycling
  • Licensing pubs, clubs and taxis
  • Environmental health and food hygiene ratings
  • Maintaining local parks and open spaces
  • Running CCTV networks

Find out more

How do I check if I’m registered to vote?

Simply contact your local electoral registration office:

Runnymede Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
Civic Centre
Station Road
KT15 2AH

01932 425653

Where do I vote?

The location of polling stations will be on polling cards sent to people who are on the electoral register.

If you live in halls of residence, your polling station is located on campus in Arts Building Room G3 and will be open from 7am-10pm.

Otherwise, hit the link below and enter your postcode to find out where your polling station is.

Find my polling station

I’m going to be away – can I still vote?

Yes! If you’re not about, on holiday or too busy revising for exams on the day of the vote, you can also register for a proxy vote or a postal vote. The deadline for postal votes is Monday 15 April and the deadline for applications to vote by proxy is by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.