General election 2024

Election information for polling day, Thursday 4 July 2024

We are responsible for running one election on Thursday 4 July 2024. 

An election will be held across Woking Constituency to elect a Member of Parliament (MP) for Woking.

View a map of the Parliamentary Constituency for Woking

View the candidates standing for the Parliamentary Constituency for Woking

Find more information about the candidates on the Who Can I Vote For? website

Key election dates for voters

Who can vote

To vote in UK Parliamentary (general) elections you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • not be subject to any ‘legal incapacity’ to vote – prisoners serving a sentence for a conviction cannot vote in UK parliamentary elections
  • peers in the House of Lords
  • be aged 18 or over on the day of poll (Thursday 4 July 2024)
  • be either a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland

Read more about who is eligible to vote

Easy read guide to voting and the process 

    Voter registration

    To be able to vote, you must be registered to vote.

    The deadline for registering to vote in the 2024 general election closed on Tuesday 18 June 2024

      Photo ID requirements at polling stations

      All voters at polling stations are required to show an approved type of photo ID before being issued with a ballot paper.

      This rule applies to local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, and UK Parliamentary including by-elections and recall petitions. 

      Voters who do not show accepted forms of photo ID or a Voter Authority Certificate will not be allowed to vote on polling day.

      Accepted photo ID

      You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. 

      You can still use out of date (expired) photo ID, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

      View the full list of accepted forms of photo ID

        No photo ID? Apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC)

        Voter Authority Certificates (VACs) are a type of photo ID which can be used when voting in person. You can apply for a VAC, free of charge, if you do not own an accepted form of photo ID document.

        You’ll need to apply by 5pm on 26 June 2024 to get a Voter Authority Certificate for the general election on 4 July 2024.

        Apply for photo ID to vote (called a 'Voter Authority Certificate')

          Ways you can vote

          Vote in person

          To be able to vote, you must be registered to vote

          When voting in person, you will need to bring and show photo ID before you are issued with your ballot paper.

          A private area will be available, so you can choose to have your photo ID and physical likeness compared in a confidential space. This might be a separate room, or an area separated by a privacy screen, depending on the polling station.

          You do not need to bring your poll card to your nominated polling station. However, bringing it with you helps the poll clerks to manage the process in a quicker and more efficient manner.

          Pencils are available at each station, but you are welcome to use your own if you wish.

          The deadline for registering to vote in the 2024 general election closed at midnight on 18 June 2024

          Find your polling station

          View all Woking borough polling stations

          Accessible polling stations

          The voting process should be accessible to all voters. We offer a range of support for voters with disabilities to enable them to vote independently or with assistance.

          Read about accessibility facilities and support in all polling stations

          Vote using a postal vote

          You do not need to provide photo ID to vote by post.

          Voters who have opted to vote by post need to make sure their postal ballot pack (completed and sealed) is returned as instructed.

          The deadline for new postal vote applications, or to change or cancel existing postal, proxy or postal proxy vote arrangements closed at 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

          Apply for a postal vote

          Advice for residents who live abroad and applying for a postal vote

          Find out about changes to postal voting

          Read more about voting by post

          Vote using a proxy (trusted person)

          A proxy is a trusted person you can appoint to vote on your behalf either in person at your allocated polling station or via a postal vote.

          Before casting your vote, your proxy will need to show their photo ID. Your proxy does not need to show your photo ID when voting on your behalf.

          The deadline for changing or cancelling existing proxy or postal proxy vote arrangements closed at 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

          The deadline for new proxy vote applications (not postal proxies or emergency proxies) closes at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024

          Apply for a proxy vote

          Find out about changes to proxy voting

          Read more about voting with a proxy

          Vote using an emergency proxy (trusted person)

          If you become unwell shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote.

          You may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on Thursday 4 July 2024, so someone you trust can vote on your behalf. 

          You can organise an emergency proxy vote by speaking to our elections services team on 01483 743 860.

          Read more about voting using an emergency proxy

            Election notices

            Other useful links and information

            Read more about the voter ID requirement

            Find your nominated polling station

            Visit the Electoral Commission website