A local election will be held for 10 of the 30 councillor seats on Woking Borough Council on Thursday 4 May 2023.
To vote in this year’s election, you must be registered to vote.
Local elections give residents the opportunity to vote for Woking Borough councillors who decide on services at a local level, such as planning, housing, parks and green spaces, leisure and community centres, recycling and waste collections and many more local services.
Legal requirement to show photo ID at polling stations
The government has introduced a national requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement applies for the first time across England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
Woking borough voters have been previously asked to show photo ID in order to vote. In 2018 and 2019, the borough took part in government trials to test the feasibility of requesting photo ID at polling stations.
Both pilots delivered high success rates - 99.73% of voters successfully voted after showing the correct form of ID in 2018, and 99.88% in 2019.
Which forms of ID can you use to vote?
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. When voting in person at your polling station, you can use any of the following:
- Driving licence (including provisional licence)
- Blue badge
- Certain concessionary travel cards
- Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
- Biometric Immigration document
- Defence identity card
- Certain national identity cards
Or, call the Electoral Commission’s helpline on 0800 328 0280.
- Voting by post: You do not need to provide photo ID to vote by post.
- Voting via a proxy: Before casting your vote, your proxy will need to show their photo ID. They do not need to show your photo ID when voting on your behalf.
If you don’t have an accepted form photo ID
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.
Other ways to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate include:
- completing a paper application form
- applying in person at the Civic Offices – please make an appointment with our elections team by phoning on 01483 755 855
- applying in person at one of specialist engagement sessions – the dates and locations to be announced.
Please revisit this webpage for the latest up to date information about the Voter ID process.
How to vote
Who can vote?
All British, European and qualifying Commonwealth electors on the electoral register are eligible to vote in the local elections.
How to register to vote
To be able to vote in this year’s election, you must be registered to vote and listed on the electoral register.
You must register if you've never registered before, have moved house or have changed your name. Online registration is easy, it takes no more than five minutes.
The registration deadline is 11.59pm on Monday 17 April 2023.
Ways you can vote
Voting in person
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.
Voting via a postal vote
The deadline for new postal vote applications, and changing or cancelling existing postal or postal proxy vote arrangements is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.
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 by 10pm on Thursday 4 May 2023.
If you haven’t posted it, you can hand it in at any polling station within the borough. Or, hand deliver it to our Civic Offices up until 10pm on polling day.
Voting via a proxy
The deadline for changing or cancelling existing proxy or postal proxy vote arrangements is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.
The deadline for new proxy vote applications (not postal proxies or emergency proxies) is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.
The person you choose to vote on your behalf will need to go to your polling station.
Before casting your vote, they will need to show their photo ID. They do not need to show your photo ID when voting on your behalf.
Important election dates and notices
- Pre-election period: no later than Monday 27 March 2023
- Publication of notice of election: no later than Monday 27 March 2023
- Publication of election agents and offices: no later than 4pm, Tuesday 4 April 2023
- Publication of statement of persons nominated: no later than 4pm, Wednesday 5 April 2023
- Deadline to register to vote: 11.59pm, Monday 17 April 2023
- Deadline for new postal vote applications, or changing or cancelling existing postal, proxy or postal proxy vote arrangements: 5pm, Tuesday 18 April 2023
- Publication of notice of poll and situation of polling stations: no later than Tuesday 25 April 2023
- Deadline for new proxy vote applications (not postal proxies or emergency proxies): 5pm, Tuesday 25 April 2023
- Deadline for Voter Authority Certificates applications: 5pm, Tuesday 25 April 2023
- Polling day: 7am to 10pm, Thursday 4 May 2023
- Deadline for emergency proxy vote applications: 5pm, Thursday 4 May 2023
- Election count: Friday 5 May 2023