General election 2024

We are responsible for running one election on Thursday 4 July 2024. The election will be held across the Woking Constituency to elect a Member of Parliament (MP) for Woking.

Find election candidates on the Who Can I Vote For? website

Find your polling station

    Who can vote

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

    • be registered to vote - applications for this election closed at 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June 2024
    • 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 

    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    You can still use out of date (expired) photo ID, as long as it looks like you.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.

      No ID? You can apply for a VAC, free of charge, if you do not own an accepted form of photo ID document.

      • The deadline to apply for a free a Voter Authority Certificate closed at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

      Find out more about Voter Authority Certificates

      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.

      How to complete your postal vote

      Read the new rules on returning your postal vote in person

      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) closed at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024

      Find out about the recent 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. 

      Find out how to apply for an emergency proxy vote

        Election fraud

        Your right to vote is yours and yours alone. No-one should stop you from voting or interfere with your right to vote.

        Election fraud can be committed by a number of actions, including:

        • bribery
        • treating
        • intimidation

        If you encounter anyone who is using bribery, treating or intimidation to influence you or anyone who you know, you should report it immediately.

        Key election dates for voters

        Election notices