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Be Sure Your Voice is Heard in the General Election

Make sure you can use your vote in the General Election on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Published: 04 June 2024 | 4:39 PM Updated: 13 June 2024 | 4:55 PM
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The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is 11.59pm Tuesday 18 June. Image credit: Shutterstock.

The next General Election takes place on Thursday 4 July. All 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK will be up for election.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is 11.59pm Tuesday 18 June.

You need your national insurance number or passport number and your address to register to vote.

If you think you may be registered but aren’t sure, you can contact your local Electoral Registration Office to check.

Postal and proxy votes

If you know you will be unable to get to your polling station on election day, you can register to vote by post or proxy.

  • The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5:00 pm on Wednesday 19 June.
  • The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5:00 pm on Wednesday 26 June.

For people in Northern Ireland, the deadline for applying to vote by post or proxy in the General Election is a bit earlier: 5:00 pm on Friday 14 June 2024.

To apply for postal or proxy vote, you must also be registered to vote by 11.59 pm Tuesday 18 June.

Overseas voting

If you are a British or eligible Irish citizen living abroad and have previously lived in the UK or been registered to vote in the UK, you may be able to register to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

Learn more from the Electoral Commission.

Supporting domestic abuse survivors to vote

Anonymous registration is available for individuals whose safety would be at risk if their name or address is available on the electoral register.

The Electoral Commission has produced specific guidance for professionals in Scotland, Wales and England working with domestic abuse survivors to support people who need to register anonymously.

People registered to vote anonymously who want to vote in person will need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document.

Voter ID requirements

All voters will need to show an accepted form of photo ID to vote. A full list of accepted photo ID is available on the Electoral Commission website.

If you do not have an accepted form of photo ID, or have concerns about using an existing form of photo ID for any reason, you can apply for a free document called a Voter Authority Certificate.

You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

The application deadline to get a Voter Authority Certificate for the upcoming General Election is 5:00 pm on Wednesday 26 June.

More information on registering to vote, polling day, ID requirements and other questions can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

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