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Date published: March 29, 2017

Students warned ‘Don’t myth out’ on Mayor vote because of misunderstanding

Students are being encouraged to register to vote in elections to choose the first ever Greater Manchester Mayor.

An historic vote to choose who fills the post, created as part of the region's pioneering devolution deal, will take place on Thursday 4 May.

The Electoral Commission has identified students as one of the groups who are underrepresented nationally on electoral registers.

In some cases this can be because students think they are not allowed to register in both their term time addresses and home addresses. But in fact, they are allowed – and indeed recommended – to register at both, as long as they are not both within the same local authority (council) area.

For the Greater Manchester Mayoral elections, any student who is registered in more than one of the 10 Greater Manchester districts (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan) will have to choose which one to vote in because it is a single election.

Eamonn Boylan, Combined Authority Returning Officer for Greater Manchester, said: “We don’t want anyone to miss out on their right to vote. There is a common misconception that students aren’t allowed to be on the electoral register in more than one place but this simply isn’t true.

“Any Greater Manchester-based student who is already on the electoral register here need take no further action to ensure they can have their say.  

But if they’re not registered, and want to have a say in who becomes Mayor, they are encouraged to register as soon as possible.”

Registration is a quick and easy process. You can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to download a registration form. You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number. If you need to update your details (for example if you have moved house, or changed surname through marriage) email esu@manchester.gov.uk or call (0161) 2341212.

For more information about the Mayor's role and powers, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the mayoral elections visit www.gmelects.org.uk.

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