General election – don’t miss out on your vote

Published on Wed Jun 5 2024
Hand putting a ballot paper into a black ballot box

A General Election will be held across the UK on Thursday 4th July.

Don’t forget that in order to vote, whether in person, by post or by proxy, you must be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, June 18th.

If you plan to vote in person, your polling station will be open between 7am and 10pm on polling day as usual.

If you want to vote by post you must apply for a postal vote before 5pm Wednesday 19th June. 

If you want to vote by proxy, that is nominating someone else to vote on your behalf because you can’t get to a polling station, the deadline for proxy applications is 5pm Wednesday 26th June. 

If you choose to vote in person, don’t forget you have to show valid photo ID. That could be a passport or photo driving licence. Other forms of ID are also valid.

 If you don’t have one of the accepted forms of ID, you can apply for free photo ID, called a voter authority certificate.

To apply for a voter authority certificate, you will need to provide a photograph, your full name, date of birth, the address at which you are registered to vote and national insurance number or other form of proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, bank statement or utility bill.

The deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate is 5pm Wednesday June 26th, but you are asked to apply as soon as possible.

More details on how to get a VAC

You can also make an appointment with the elections office at Burnley Town Hall, and they will help you complete the application online. Contact the elections team on 01282 477261/263.

The forthcoming General Election will be fought on new constituency boundaries, which have been redrawn to reflect population changes and distribute the number of voters more equally.

The Parliamentary constituency of Burnley has been extended to include two wards in Pendle – Brierfield East & Clover Hill and Brierfield West & Reedley. This only applies to General (Parliamentary) Elections. Residents can vote for a candidate as usual but their votes will be for candidates in the Burnley constituency rather than Pendle. The rest of the borough of Burnley remains in the same Parliamentary constituency. 

The constituency you will vote in is set out on poll cards, which will be delivered to every registered elector in the constituency.

Post expires at 7:46am on Thursday September 5th, 2024