Information for Voters

Register to vote

You need to be on the electoral register by by 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April to vote in the upcoming elections.

Anyone over 16 can register online, although you must be 18 to vote in elections.

It takes just five minutes to register and all you need is your National Insurance number.

You can register to vote here –

Students, don’t forget you can register to vote at both your home address and your term-time address, as long as they are both in areas having different elections.

 Apply to vote by post

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply to vote by post.

New applications for a postal vote must have been received by the Electoral Registration Officer for the local council area in which you live by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024.

You can now also apply to vote by post online at  

Apply for a proxy vote

Anyone who is registered to vote can appoint someone they trust to vote on their behalf as a proxy.

Deadline to make an application for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.

You can apply to vote by proxy online at

In certain circumstances, emergency proxy voting may be available after the ordinary proxy deadline of Wednesday 5pm on 24 April 2024.

The deadline to make an emergency proxy application is 5pm on Thursday 2 May 2024.

How to vote by post

If you have asked for a postal vote, your postal ballot pack will be sent to you around Wednesday 17 April 2024.

If you applied near to the postal vote application deadline, your pack will be sent around Monday 22 April 2024.

You must return your postal vote so that it reaches the Local Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 2 May. If you miss the post, you can hand it in to the (Local) Returning Officer at your local council offices, or at a polling station within the local authority area you live in before 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2024.

There is a limit to the number you can hand in – yours plus 5 others. If you try to hand in more, all but your own will get rejected. You will also need to complete a form at hand in and if this isn’t completed or is incorrect, then the pack(s) will also be rejected.