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General Election dates and deadlines


A UK Parliamentary General Election has been called and will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

This page contains important information about the deadlines in the run up to polling day.

Register to vote

The deadline for registering to vote at the General Election on Thursday 4 July is 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June 2024.

If you register after the deadline you will not be eligible to vote on Thursday 4 July 2024.

What to do if you have recently moved

If you have recently moved and need to register at a new address, or update the address you are currently registered at, you will need to complete a new registration.

Before you start

To register, you will need to provide your:

  • National Insurance number (but you can still register if you do not have one)
  • Date of birth

Register now

Voting by post

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or postal proxy vote, and to make changes to an existing postal or postal proxy vote, is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

Find out more about voting by post.

If you are registered to vote by post and would like to cancel this arrangement, please email your request to elections@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or call us on 01892 554024 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). The deadline for cancelling a postal vote arrangement is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

Voting by proxy

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote, and to make changes to an existing proxy vote, is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Find out more about voting by proxy.

If you are registered for a proxy vote and would like to cancel this arrangement, please email your request to elections@tunbridgewells.gov.uk or call us on 01892 554024 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). The deadline for cancelling a proxy vote arrangement is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Voter ID

Anyone voting in a polling station must present a valid form of photographic identification (photo ID). This requirement was introduced by the government through the Elections Act 2022 and applies to all voters who vote in person or by proxy.

Photo ID is not required for postal voting.

You can view the full list of accepted photo ID on our voter photo ID page.

Voter Authority Certificate

If you do not have any of the accepted photo ID, and you want to vote at the polling station, you will need to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. This is a photographic identification document specific for the purposes of voting.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Apply online

You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate on GOV.UK.

It’s free to apply. You’ll need:

  • a recent, digital photo of yourself
  • your National Insurance number

You can still apply if you do not have a National Insurance number. You’ll need to provide other documents to prove your identity, for example a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.

Apply now

Other ways to apply

You can also apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate by post or in person. For information about how to apply by post or in person, please see our voter photo ID page.

Poll card and postal vote dispatch dates

Poll cards

Poll cards will be dispatched on Tuesday 11 June.

Further poll card dispatches will take on Monday 17 June, Monday 24 June, and Friday 28 June for newly registered electors.

Postal vote packs

Postal vote packs will be dispatched by Friday 21 June.

A further postal vote pack dispatch will take place during the week commencing Monday 24 June for those electors who have only recently registered to vote by post.

Your polling station

Following the recent changes to borough wards and polling districts, there may be a change to the polling station for your area. Details of your polling station will be shown on the poll card you receive prior to polling day.

You can use our online checker to find your polling station.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 4 July 2024.


The information on this page was last updated on Tuesday 11 June 2024.