A Glasgow MP and NUS Scotland have called on students in Glasgow to ensure they register to vote ahead of the EU referendum.
Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, is encouraging students across Glasgow to register to vote by the June 7th deadline, and urged them to check they are registered at the correct address as the referendum takes place outside of term time.
Recent research suggested UK university students believe the EU referendum is key to their future, but almost two-thirds do not know when it is and many risk missing the referendum vote.
Stewart McDonald’s constituency is home to the Langside Campus of Glasgow Clyde College.
Commenting, Stewart McDonald said:
“The EU referendum on the 23 June will have a massive impact young people and students, and it is therefore essential that as many as possible get out and vote
“From giving people across the continent access to world class education and shared life and cultural experiences, to providing over £26 million in European funding, students, universities and colleges in Glasgow have benefited massively because of the EU.
“I would not want any student to lose out on having a say in their own future because they were not registered or were registered to vote in the wrong place. It is crucial that students in Glasgow spare a few minutes to register and ensure their voices are heard in this referendum”
Vonnie Sandlan, President of NUS Scotland, said:
“The EU has a huge impact on students’ lives, and many of the issues at the heart of this referendum are ones we know that they feel strongly about. But nothing is guaranteed unless people register to vote now, and turn out to vote on the day.
“We’ve heard lots of stories about how the votes and students and young people could hold significant weight in this referendum – with tens of thousands of students in Glasgow alone, the student vote can be an incredibly powerful and important one. But to ensure that happens, you must be registered.
“Registering to vote is quick, easy, and can be done in minutes online, and I hope students across Glasgow, and beyond, grasp the opportunity and make sure their voice is heard.”