Published Monday, 17th June 2024

To vote in the general election on 4 July, you must be registered to vote before the deadline of midnight on 18 June 2024.

Voters can apply online at It takes just five minutes.

You can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 June. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is a week later, 5pm on 26 June. You can now apply online - find out more on the Electoral Commission website.

For the first time at a UK general election, if you are voting in person you will need to show photo ID at a polling station. To find out which ID you can use, visit the Electoral Commission website.

If you do not have an accepted type of ID, you can apply for free ID at or by completing and submitting a paper form to the Council. You must apply by 5pm on 26 June, to be able to use the Voter Authority Certificate on 4 July.

Don't lose your vote

Mari Roberts-Wood, Electoral Registration Officer for Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, said: “Don’t lose your chance to have your say at the general election. If you’re in doubt about whether you need to register to vote, or have questions about how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, or free voter ID, visit the Electoral Commission’s website, email or contact our elections helpline on 01737 276794.”

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission, said: “It is important that people check they’re election ready ahead of upcoming deadlines. All voters must be registered, and some may need to apply for a postal or proxy vote or free ID. Registering to vote is quick and easy and can be done online.

“Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations for this general election. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of photo ID can apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form and submitting it to their local council.”

More information

Information about the new requirement and all your voting options can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.