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Everyone should use their right to vote. Voting is your chance to say how you think the country should be run. The MPs you vote for will make decisions on issues like social care, housing, education, employment and the environment.


We have a representative democracy where citizens hold the ultimate authority to elect representatives at various levels of government, such as national, regional, or local. 




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Key election dates 

16th April 2024, Midnight

17th April 2024, 5pm

24th April 2024, 5pm

2nd May, 7am - 10pm

Voter Registration Deadline 

Postal Vote Deadline (to apply)

Proxy Vote Deadline (to apply)

Election Day In England 

Where can i vote?

To vote you need to visit your local polling station to cast your ballot.

You can look up your local polling station using this polling station finder:


Your polling station should also be written on your poll card that you should have got in the post. Your polling station is open from 7am to 10pm.

Voter ID

For these elections you will need to bring ID to vote to prove your identity. Below are some of the accepted forms of photo ID for young people.


For a full list of what is accepted please click here:


  • UK Passport or driving licence (including a provisional licence).


  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy, but it can be out of date so long as it looks like you.


This is the first time that voter ID has been introduced in UK elections, so remember to remind your family and friends to bring ID.

Not sure if you have ID? 

If you don’t have ID you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. 

You need to register to vote before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate. 

The deadline to register is Wednesday 24th April 2024. 

To apply for a Voter Authority Certificate click here.

Apply for free id

You can get a CitizenCard for free by using the code FREEVOTERID at checkout. CitizenCard is:

  • An accepted form of voter ID

  • Recognised by retailers

  • Recognised by police 

  • Verifiable online 


You can use CitizenCard as a backup ID. 


CitizenCard can also be your first form of UK photo ID. To apply, you will need to verify your identity using an original document and referee. 

To find out more about the requirements for applying for a CitizenCard, go here:

Further information

If you want to find out more information about the elections e.g local, regional, who to vote for, head to democracy classroom resources here

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