Parliamentary Election Thursday 4 July 2024





The General Election on Thursday 4 July 2024 will be the first since the Elections Act 2022 came into force and voters will see some significant changes, including:


  • The requirement of photo ID at polling stations
  • Limits on the number of postal votes that can be handed in by any individual





Voters may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable, including the following:

  • Passport.
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence).
  • Blue badge.
  • Certain concessionary travel cards (such as an Older Person’s Bus Pass or an Oyster 60+ card).
  • Identity card with Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) mark.
  • Biometric Immigration document.
  • Defence identity card.
  • Certain national identity cards.


Voters will only need to show one form of photo ID, but it needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.


Those without a valid ID can apply for a free “voter authority certificate” that will allow them to vote. More information is available on the Council’s photographic voter ID page


The deadline to apply for voter ID to vote in the General Election is 5pm, Wednesday 26 June 2024





The Electoral Commission says:


Information about elections, including links about applying for postal and proxy voting can be found on Isle of Wight Council’s Electoral Registration page.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the General Election is 5pm, Wednesday 19 June 2024 and for a proxy vote is 5pm, Wednesday 26 June 2024





If someone has moved recently, they may not be on the Electoral Register and will be unable to vote in the General Election.  The council has a Register to vote page with relevant information.  The deadline to update the register to be able to vote on in this election is Tuesday 18 June 2024.




The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity.  For more information about voting and elections, visit the Electoral Commission website.
















Claire Shand, Returning Officer

Isle of Wight Council


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