Schools/Colleges Registering as a Polling Station

Thanks for your interest in becoming a Polling Station

Running a Polling Station:

  1. Register as a polling station by 2nd April. Schools, Colleges and other youth provision are encouraged to have at least one pupil standing as a candidate
  2. Voting will take place through a secure website, with Unique Voter Codes allocated schools/colleges and other youth provision for distribution to pupils aged 11-18 to ensure each person only casts one vote,
  3. Once voting opens on 20th April, encourage young people to read the manifestos of candidates in their constituency and to vote for the candidate they feel best represents them,
  4. Elections should a free and fair
  • all young people aged 11-18 who wish to stand should be encouraged and supported equally.
  • young people should be free to vote for any candidate in their constituency – one candidate should not be promoted over others. 
  1. Ensure any candidates from your school/college and other youth provision conduct themselves and their election campaign in a positive and fair manner.

Click to see the Polling Station Guidance


Democracy Awards – recognising and celebrating your support 

Your school/college  and other youth provision could win a Democracy Aware for your commitment to encouraging pupils to take an interest in the democratic process –by engaging with the UK Youth Parliament elections.


  • You will be email the equivalent number of voter codes
  • Required for Democracy Awards


Privacy Statement

The British Youth Council collects this data to ensure you can be informed of the youth elections in Northern Ireland, and the following campaign activities. The information will be stored on secure UK based servers for the duration of the election, and the Make Your Mark 2020’s registration period, ending in August 2020. Your information will be shared with British Youth Council employees/contractors. In the event that your information needs be shared with a 3rd party not listed we will seek prior permission.