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Confused student voters in Sheffield

Foreign students who live in the university accommodation find themselves confused about whether they are legitimate to vote in UK today.

ballot paper ready to be thrown to trash bin

ballot paper ready to be thrown to trash bin

“I think only Commonwealth students can vote here.” said Siddeshwar with a sense of proud, an Indian student in the University of Sheffield. But more students, domestic and foreign, do not know whether they could vote.

It has been pointed out that students are able to vote in case they are fit for three conditions:

  1. aged 18 or over on polling day
  2. a British citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic (living in the UK)
  3. not legally excluded from voting (for example, if you are in prison)

The reason why there are ballot papers sent to students accommodation is that the government has to ensure enough paper for the votes. They will only count on the ballot papers that follows the three conditions above.

It is also said that some students who are legitimate to vote cannot find their ballot papers because they are thrown away as trash by their flatmates. Apparently for those who are in favour of Labour it is a bad news.

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