Published: Thursday, 30 May 2024

With a General Election called for 4 July Oxford City Council is urging voters to check they are registered and have accepted photo ID.

For those not already registered, the deadline to apply is 11.59 pm on 18 June.  
To add your name to the electoral register go to the Register to Vote website. It only takes five minutes and all you need is your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.  

Check you have photo ID 

Voters will need to bring an accepted form of photo identification with them when voting at their polling station. The Council is urging residents to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have an accepted form of ID. These include:  

  • a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport  

  • a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence  

  • some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.  

Voters will be able to use an expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.  

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms can apply for a free ID, known as a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC), online at the Voter Authority Certificate website or by completing a paper form - contact the Council's electoral services team at  

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID. 

Applying for a Voter Authority Certificate  

Anyone needing a VAC is encouraged to apply soon and not leave it until the last minute to make sure that the certificates can be issued in plenty of time. For more details visit the Government’s Voter Authority Certificate website. Voters will need to provide a photo, full name, date of birth, the address at which they are registered to vote and their National Insurance number.  

Voters wishing to apply for a VAC should first make sure they are registered to vote. Those not registered can do so on the Register to vote pages of GOV.UK.  

The deadline for applying for a VAC for the 4 July election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.  

Those using a postal vote do not need photo ID or a VAC, but anyone voting as a proxy will need to bring their own ID, not that of the person they are the proxy for. 

Anyone unable to attend a polling station on the day can apply for a postal or proxy vote.  

Applying for a postal vote  

A postal vote allows residents to post their vote to the Council in advance of the election. The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the Parliamentary general election is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June. You must also be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Wednesday 19 June. For more information and to apply online visit Apply For a Postal Vote. To download and print off an application, visit Apply To Vote By Post

Applying for a proxy vote

If you know that you won’t be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy.  

You'll need to give the reason why you're applying for a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote in the Parliamentary general election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. You must also be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote on your behalf by post. 

For more details visit the Apply For a Proxy Vote webpage. 

Polling stations 

Registered electors will receive a polling card in the post with details of their polling station. You can also find out where your polling station is by visiting the Where Do I Vote. 

EU citizens, who are not British, Irish, Cypriot or Maltese, are not eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.  
Students who are registered in Oxford and at their home address must choose one place in which to vote. It is an offence to vote more than once at a national-level election.  
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 4 July. The count will take place immediately after with the results being announced once the count has concluded, likely to be the 5 July.  


 "We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote can do so - and that means being registered. Whether you are voting in person, by proxy, or by using a postal vote, don't miss the chance to have a say on 4 July."  
Caroline Green, Oxford City Council Returning Officer 

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