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UK General Election – 4 July 2024

On Thursday 4 July you will be able to vote in UK Parliamentary (General) Election.

In this election you will vote to elect a Member of Parliament (MP) to represent your local constituency area to help make decisions on important national issues.

Information for voters:

Key deadlines for this election

  • You must be registered to vote by – midnight on Tuesday 18 June 2024
  • Postal vote and postal proxy vote applications – 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • Changes to existing postal and postal proxy vote arrangements – 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • Voter Authority Certificate (voter ID) applications – 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • New proxy vote applications – 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024

To vote in this election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK or Gibraltar, or living abroad and registered as an overseas voter
  • not be legally excluded from voting

Register to vote

To vote on 4 July you need to be registered by 18 June. If you are not already registered at your current address do so now at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

British citizens living abroad can register as an overseas voter. This can be done on the Government’s Register to vote webpage. Following this, you will need to apply for a postal or proxy vote, (see below).

If you are not sure whether you are registered, you can check by contacting our Electoral Services team using the details at the bottom of this page. 

Who can you vote for?

The candidates for the 2024 UK General Election have now been confirmed. To find out who is standing for election in your area, please enter your postcode on the Who can I vote for website.

Alternatively, please click on the:

MPs are elected using the First Past the Post system. You vote once for a candidate in your constituency and the candidate with the most votes becomes your MP.

Please note – changes that take effect at this election mean that some areas of the Vale of White Horse are now in the Witney Constituency. You can find information on the Witney Constituency on the West Oxfordshire District Council website here.

How you can vote:

Vote at your local polling station

You can vote at your designated polling station on Thursday 4 July between 7am and 10pm.

If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card a shortly before the election which will tell you where you need to go to cast your ballot.  You can also find your polling station by entering your postcode on the Where do I vote website.

  • Please help friends and family members who may not have access to the internet or who may struggle to upload a photo for their ID application.

If you do not receive a poll card by 10 June, please contact our Elections team using the details below to check whether you are registered to vote.

To find out more about voting a polling station, please see our vote at your local polling station page.

Vote by post

If you are unable to get to your polling station on election day, you can instead apply to vote by post.

Please click here to apply online to vote by post – applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

  • If you applied for a postal vote – you should receive your postal ballot pack by 28 June.  Anybody expecting a postal ballot who doesn’t receive it by this date should call 01235 422528 to request a replacement.    Please note, we are not able to issue replacement postal ballots before 28 June, so please do not call before then.
  • Once you receive it, you should return your completed postal pack using a Royal Mail post box as soon as possible.  
  • We must receive your completed postal voting pack by 10pm on Thursday 4 July, otherwise your vote will not count.
  • If you miss the post, you can hand it in at our Abbey House council office in Abingdon (during office hours only) or at a polling station on election day until 10pm – please note, the person handing it in is now required to complete further documentation.   Your postal vote will be rejected if it’s not received correctly – please DO NOT leave it in any council office post box or unattended reception point.

Several new rules have recently been introduced for postal voting, including new re-application requirements – for more information, please visit our page on voting by post.

Vote by proxy

Alternatively, you can apply to allow someone you trust to vote on your behalf – this is known as a proxy vote.

Please click here to apply online for a proxy vote – applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024

  • if you vote by proxy, your nominated proxy will need to go to your local polling station and take their own photo ID. If they do not have photo ID, they can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.  

For more information, visit our page on proxy voting.

Are you voting for the first time?

If this is the time you will be voting, please look at our first-time voter’s guide.  This contains lots of useful information on how elections work, how you can vote and what happens on election day.

Counting the votes and declaring the results

The votes in this election will be counted overnight immediately after polls close on Thursday 4 July.

The results will be announced as they happen on national and local media and will also be published on this page and on our social media channels.

Information for candidates and agents

Nominations for the 2024 General Election have now closed

A briefing for candidates and agents will be held on Monday 10 June at 5pm via Teams. We will send the link to all those for whom we have contact details.

For further information, please see the guidance for candidates and agents on the Electoral Commission website.

Candidate expenses spending limits

Election notices

We we’ll publish the election notices here, as required:

Didcot and Wantage constituency:

Oxford West and Abingdon constituency:

Witney constituency

Contact us - Electoral services

01235 422528
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

Vale of White Horse District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
Abingdon
OX14 3JE