Are you ready to vote on 2 May?

On Thursday 2 May, local elections are taking place in all wards across the district, to elect 43 councillors.

Elections are also taking place for a Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner and for parish councillors in Caterham on the Hill, Caterham Valley, Warlingham, Whyteleafe and Woldingham parish councils. This means you will be given either two or three ballot papers.

To be able to vote, you must be included in the Register of Electors. If you are not already registered, please complete an online application form by Tuesday 16 April.

Has your polling station changed?

Following a boundary review, some ward boundaries have changed in the district. The number of wards has also changed from 20 to 18. This means you may need to go to a different polling station to vote.

Please check your polling card, which you will receive from 20 March onwards, for the location of your new polling station.

Casting your vote

There are three ways you can cast your vote:

  • In person, with photo ID: At your local polling station. You can find details on your polling card. Polling cards will be bigger this year, to include information about bringing photo ID. Voters must show photo ID to vote at polling stations. This is a relatively new requirement.
  • By post: We will send you a postal voting pack, so you can complete your ballot papers at home and return it by post. You need to apply by 5pm on 17 April, if you do not already have a postal vote set up. Please pop your pack in the post so it arrives at the Council Offices in Oxted by 5pm on Thursday 2 May. Please do not put it in the letterbox at the Council Offices in Oxted - new legislation means we must reject any postal votes returned in this way.

If you do not have access to the internet, please call 01883 722000.

Have you got photo ID?

If you want to vote in a polling station on Thursday 2 May, you must bring photo ID with you, otherwise you will not be able to vote. This is a relatively new requirement following changes to the law.

Your ID needs to be the original and not a photocopy and can be:

  • A photo driving licence (including provisional licence).
  • A passport.
  • Blue Badge.
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme).
  • Certain concessionary travel cards.
  • Biometric immigration document.
  • Defence identity card.
  • National identity card.

If you have one of these IDs, but it is out of date, you can still use it to vote at a polling station if the photo on it still looks like you.

Other documents are accepted, visit to see the full list of accepted photo ID, or check your polling card.

If you do not have any photo ID and want to vote in a polling station, please apply for a free, Voter Authority Certificate by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Election results

From Friday 3 May 2024, we will publish the results on the elections website page and on social media.

For more information about these elections, please visit

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