Elections 2024

We are responsible for running two elections on Thursday 2 May 2024. 

Elections will be held across Woking borough wards for:

All British, European and qualifying Commonwealth electors on the electoral register are eligible to vote in the elections.

Read more about who is eligible to vote

Easy read guide to voting and the process 

Key elections dates for voters

  • Register to vote deadline: closes at 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 April 2024
  • New postal vote applications, or change or cancel existing postal, proxy or postal proxy vote arrangements: closes at 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024
  • New proxy vote applications (not postal proxies or emergency proxies): closes at 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024
  • Voter Authority Certificates applications deadline: closes at 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024
  • Emergency proxy vote applications: closes by 5pm, Thursday 2 May 2024
  • Elections / polling day: opening times 7am to 10pm, Thursday 2 May 2024
  • Elections count: from 9am, Friday 3 May 2024

Register to vote

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

If you need to register, you must do so by 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 April. All you will need is five minutes of your time and your National Insurance number.

  • You do not need to register to vote before every election. 
  • If you have moved house, you should register to vote again.

Register to vote online

Photo ID requirements at polling stations

All voters at polling stations are required to show an approved form 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You can still use out of date (expired) photo ID, as long as it looks like you.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

If you don't have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

Other important photo ID information

  • Postal voters are not required to show photo ID. 
  • Proxy voters voting in person at polling stations will need to show their personal photo ID. 
  • Local Elector Cards, previously issued to residents as part of the Woking borough 2018 and 2019 voter ID pilot schemes, will not be accepted as valid identification. 

    Voter Authority Certificates (VACs)

    Voter Authority Certificates (VACs) are a form of photo ID which can be used when voting. They are designed for people who don’t have another form of photo ID accepted at the polls.

    The application deadline for VACs closes at 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

    Apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate

      Ways you can vote

      Vote 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.

      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.

      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, Thursday 2 May.

      When returning your postal pack by hand you will be asked to complete a 'returns' form. This will be provided by polling day or council staff. This is a new legal requirement for any election taking place on or after 2 May 2024. 

      Postal votes returned by hand without completed returns form will be rejected from the ballot.

      Postal vote changes, cancellations or new applications

      The deadline for new postal vote applications, and changing or cancelling existing postal or postal proxy vote arrangements closes at 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

      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.

      Proxy vote, changes, cancellations or new applications

      The deadline for changing or cancelling existing proxy or postal proxy vote arrangements closes at 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

      The deadline for new proxy vote applications (not postal proxies or emergency proxies) closes at 5pm on Wednesday 24 April

      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 2 May, 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

        Elections notices

        Other useful links and information

        Read more about the voter ID requirement

        Find your nominated polling station

        View the councillor seats up for election or retirement on 2 May 2024

        View the borough's electoral wards

        Visit the Electoral Commission website