Timetable for the 2024 general election

A general election is to be held in the UK on Thursday, 4 July, 2024.

The King dissolved Parliament by Royal Proclamation on Thursday, 30 May, 2024. The proclamation also set the date for the return of Parliament after the election as Tuesday, 9 July, 2024.

In Wirral, a review of constituency boundaries has resulted in the reduction of MPs from four to three. The Wirral South constituency, which covers areas including Heswall, Bebington, and Brombrough, will cease to exist.

General election timetable

Tuesday, 18 June – voter registration deadline

To vote in the 2024 General Election you need to be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday, 18 June, 2024. You can register to vote here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  

Wednesday, 19 June – deadline for postal vote applications

There are many ways to vote. The deadline for a new postal or postal proxy vote – and any changes to existing postal votes – need to be in by 5pm on Wednesday, 19 June, 2024. You can apply for a postal vote here >>> https://www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote 

Wednesday, 26 June – deadline for Voter Authority Certificate applications and proxy vote applications

When you register to vote, you’ll be asked whether you have photo ID or if you want to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to vote in the 2024 general election is 5pm on Wednesday, 26 June, 2024.

The deadline for applying for a new proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) is also 5pm.

Thursday, 4 July – polling day

Counting of votes begins when the polls close.

Polling booths will be open between 7am and 10pm.

Tuesday, 9 July – Parliament returns for the election of the Speaker

The Speaker is elected (or re-elected) on the first day that the House meets after the General Election.

MPs and members of the House of Lords swear the oath of allegiance or make a solemn affirmation.

Wednesday, 17 July – State Opening of Parliament

The State Opening marks the formal start of the parliamentary year. The King’s Speech sets out the government’s proposed policies and legislation for the coming session.

Voter ID

This will be the first UK general election where physical forms of voter identification will be a legal requirement to vote in Great Britain.

Voters who want to vote in person at a polling station must take photographic ID. The list of allowable ID is on the Electoral Commission’s Voter ID pages.

Voters without one of the listed types of photo ID can apply for a voter authority certificate (VAC). The Electoral Commission’s Applying for a Voter Authority Certificate pages  explains how to apply.

Temporary VACs can be issues for a specific polling day if someone loses their VAC or it is not delivered. This can only be done under specific circumstances and the election team at a local council is the best place to deal with requests.

A temporary VAC may be issued up to 10pm on polling day, but if issued a voter must get to the polling station before 10pm in order to vote.

    Polling day is on Thursday, 4 July, between 07:00 – 22:00.

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