Elizabeth Tower in Westminster with a sign saying "General Election 2024".

What You Need to Know to Vote in the UK General Election 2024

A UK General Election will take place on Thursday 4th July 2024. This is an opportunity to vote for your MP who will sit in Westminster and make decisions on issues like social care, housing, education, employment and the environment in and around East Dunbartonshire. In order to vote, it’s important to know if you are registered, and how to cast your vote. Whether you’re a first-time voter or a seasoned participant in the electoral process, here’s everything you need to know to make sure your vote counts in the UK General Election 2024.

Voter Registration

To vote in the General Election, you must be registered to vote. Every time you move house, or if you change your legal name, you need to register to vote again. Find out how to register to vote here.

A sign in Westminster saying 'Polling Station" with an arrow.

Voting Method

You have several options for casting your vote in the general election.

In Person: On election day, visit your designated polling station between 7am and 10pm. You’ll receive a polling card with details of your polling station, or you can look it up here. You do not need to take your polling card to the polling station in order to vote so long as you’re registered and have suitable ID (see below).

By Post: If you cannot vote in person, you can apply for a postal vote. Complete the application form and return it to your local Electoral Registration Office. You’ll receive your ballot paper by mail, which you must return by election day. Find out more about registering for a postal vote here.

By Proxy: If you’re unable to vote in person, you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You may need to appoint someone if, for example, you are blind or are away from home for work or health reasons on election day. Apply for a proxy vote and ensure your proxy knows where and how to cast your vote. Find out more about proxy voting here.

A Poll Card and voter ID.

Voter ID Requirements

Voters in East Dunbartonshire and across the UK will, for the first time, be required to show ID before they can vote in the General Election. Some acceptable forms of ID you can use when you vote in person include:

  • Passport
  • Driving license (including provisional)
  • Blue Badge
  • Older Person’s Bus Pass
  • Freedom Pass

Check the full list of acceptable IDs here. If you don’t have suitable ID, East Dunbartonshire voters can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate here.

Cast your vote

Voting in the UK General Election 2024 is your chance to influence the future of the country. If you have any concerns about how to register to vote, then please do get in touch and we will be happy to chat with you.

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