Register to vote in July’s general election

Tandridge District Council is urging residents to make sure they are registered to vote in the next general election.

On Thursday 4 July, voters will go to the polls to elect their Member of Parliament (MP) for the East Surrey constituency in the general election. There is also a parish by-election in the Westway ward of Caterham on the Hill Parish Council.

If you are not already registered, the deadline to register to vote is 11.59pm on Tuesday 18 June.

Voting by post

If you are unable to cast your vote at a polling station on 4 July, you can apply for a postal vote. Voting by post is a convenient alternative to voting in person. Please apply now in case there are any queries with your application. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.

Voting by proxy

Proxy voting allows you to nominate someone else to cast your vote for you. The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Voting in person, with photo ID

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4 July. Polling cards will be sent to everyone who is eligible to vote. The poll card will give details of your polling station.

Staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. If you need any assistance at the polling station the Presiding Officer can help, or you can bring someone else to help you, if they are either a relative or an eligible elector.

Have you got photo ID?

If you want to vote in a polling station, you must bring photo ID with you, otherwise you will not be able to vote. 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If you have one of these IDs, but it is out of date, you can still use it to vote at a polling station if the photo on it still looks like you.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 Electoral Commission's website to see the full list of accepted photo ID

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 26 June.                                                           

There is more information about the general election and the Westway ward Caterham on the Hill Parish Council by-election on the Council's website.

David Ford, Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, said: “The general election registration deadline is approaching. We urge everyone to register to vote by the 18 June deadline to ensure their voice is heard on Thursday 4 July. This election is an opportunity to have your say on who will represent you at a national level and we don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity.”

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