How to Register to Vote

Voting gives you the opportunity to have your say in how the country is run.

A general election is being held on 4 July 2024, so it is important that you register to vote as soon as possible. Details and deadlines for voting in the general election can be found below.

Registering to vote
Registering to vote if you have an address

 

Age Requirements:
  • In England and Northern Ireland, you must be 16 or older to register to vote.
  • In Scotland and Wales, you must be 14 or older to register to vote.
  • You must be 18 or older to vote in a general election.
How to Register:
  • Online: You can register to vote online. It only takes about 5 minutes, and you can do it on your mobile phone.
  • By Post: You can download a form to register to vote and send it to your local authority.
Registering if you do not have a fixed address

 

Can I Vote If I Am Homeless?
  • Yes, you can still vote if you are homeless or do not have a permanent address.
How to Register:
  1. Fill Out the Form:
    • Use the form for registering to vote with no fixed address.
    • You can find the form online for England, Scotland, and Wales.
  2. Send the Form:
    • Send the completed form to your local electoral registration office.
    • You can find the address of your local electoral registration office online.
  3. Get Help:
    • The local electoral registration office can help you if you have trouble understanding or completing the form.
What Information Do I Need to Provide?
  • You will need to provide an address or details of a place where you spend most of your time.
  • This address should be in the area where you will be voting.
How to vote
Identification

 

What You Need to Vote at a Polling Station:
  • You need to show photo ID to vote in elections and referendums at a polling station.
  • Accepted IDs include:
    • Full or provisional driving licence
    • UK or EU passport
    • Blue Badge
    • Voter Authority Certificate
If You Don’t Have Accepted Photo ID:
  • Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate if:
    • You do not have accepted photo ID.
    • You no longer look like the photo on your ID.
    • You have a different name on your ID than the one on the electoral register.
  • You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online.
More Information:
Postal Voting

 

How to Apply for a Postal Vote:
  1. Registration: You must be registered to vote.
  2. Apply Online: You can apply for a postal vote online.
  3. No Photo ID Needed: You do not need to show photo ID to apply for a postal vote.
  4. Send the Form: Complete and send the form to your local electoral registration office.
If You Are Too Late to Post:
  • Take your postal vote to your local polling station by 10pm on the election day.
Proxy Vote

 

What is Proxy Voting?
  • Voting by proxy means someone else votes on your behalf.
When Can You Apply for a Proxy Vote?
  • If you are away on election day.
  • If you have a disability or medical condition.
  • If you are registered as an overseas voter.
  • If you cannot vote because of work or military service.
How to Apply:
  • Apply for a proxy vote online.
Proxy Voter Requirements:
  • Your proxy must be registered to vote.
  • They need to bring their own photo ID to the polling station, but they do not need to bring yours.
2024 General election
General Election
  • Election Day: 4 July 2024
What Is a General Election?
  • A general election is when you vote for a Member of Parliament (MP) to represent your area in Westminster.
  • This is your chance to have a say in how the country is run.
Why Your Vote Matters
  • Different political parties have policies that affect Gypsies and Travellers, such as:
    • Site provision
    • Planning
  • Use your vote to make your voice heard and influence these decisions.
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Tuesday 18 June 2024 – Last day to register to vote
  • Wednesday 19 June, 5pm – Last day to apply for a postal vote
  • Wednesday 19 June, 5pm – Last day to cancel a postal vote
  • Wednesday 19 June, 5pm – Last day to change proxy arrangements
  • Wednesday 26 June, 5pm – Last day to apply for a new proxy vote
  • Wednesday 26 June, 5pm – Last day to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate
  • Friday 28 June – First day to reissue replacement postal votes
  • Thursday 4 July – Polls open from 7am to 10pm
Further advice

If you are experiencing difficulties please contact the Friends, Families and Travellers helpline on 01273 234 777. We are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.

Correct as of May 2024.

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