UK Students: Vote Tactically in the 2017 General Election

UK Students: Vote Tactically in the 2017 General Election

Mathilde Frot

Updated November 30, 2023 Updated November 30

A new website has launched to help students find out how to vote tactically in the upcoming UK general election.

#GE2017 lets students compare their uni towns and home address to figure out which of the two constituencies is more likely to be an electoral battleground.

Why is this important? As most students are likely to be registered at two addresses (home and uni), they might be able to cast their vote in a marginal seat rather than a Tory or Labour stronghold.

For example, a Cambridge student from the Isle of Wight, a conservative safe seat, might want to vote in their uni town because it’s a swing seat, and so their vote will have more impact.

To decide whether a seat is safe, #Ge2017 factors in the results of the 2015 general election, EU referendum results, local betting odds, student demographic and changes in results over time.

The nonpartisan initiative was launched by the online journalism firm Explaain in partnership with the youth-led movement Bite the Ballot to educate and encourage 18-to-24-year-olds to take part in politics.

This article was originally published in May 2017 . It was last updated in January 2020

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