Voting in the 2024 general election

June 4th, 2024

On Thursday 4 July, the country will vote on who should be in charge for the next five years.

If you want to vote in the upcoming general election this July, you need to have registered to vote by Tuesday 18 June 2024.

Voting day

There are a few things you need to know before voting. Make sure you read through the following information carefully to ensure you’ve prepared everything you need.

Voter ID

You must present valid voter ID at your polling station, otherwise you will not be allowed to vote. A passport and driving license are valid forms of ID. Visit the Electoral Commission website for a full list of valid ID. 

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (apply by Wednesday 26 June). 

When to vote

You can only vote in person on Thursday 4 July. Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm. 

Where to vote

You’ll be allocated a specific polling station that you need to go to in order to vote – you cannot vote at any polling station. Use the tools below to find out where your polling station is if you live in: 

What happens at the polling station?

Once you arrive at your designated polling station, you’ll be asked for your name and address, and to show your ID. You’ll then be given a ballot paper and directed to a ballot booth where there will be a pencil for you to cast your vote with. 

Remember that you’ll be voting for your local MP, so make sure you do some research in advance and know who you want to vote for. 

I can’t get to a polling station on 4 July

If you’re not able to vote in person on Thursday 4 July then you can still vote – either by post or by proxy. 

Postal votes

If you want to vote by post, you need to apply to do so by Wednesday 19 June. You must have already registered to vote, so make sure you do that as soon as possible to avoid delays. 

Apply to vote by post 

Proxy votes

Voting by proxy means choosing someone who you trust to vote on your behalf. Make sure you choose your proxy carefully, as they’ll need to vote in person at your polling station.

Proxy applications must be made by Wednesday 26 June. 

Apply to vote by proxy 

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