Voter ID and registration

This year is an election year, with several local elections coming up in early May, and a general election likely to be called in the second half of 2024. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you can take part.

Voters must show photo ID at the polling station to be allowed to vote

Several elections are being held on Thursday 2 May 2024, including:

  • London Mayor and Assembly elections.
  • Local elections in England (outside of London).
  • Police and crime commissioner elections in England (outside of London).

A general election is also expected to take place this year, or early next year.

Elections are an important opportunity for you to make your voice heard, and to let local and national government know what you expect from them in the future.

If you are a Look Ahead customer, and you want to vote, or want to know more about voting, you can speak to your support worker, or read through the information below:

Registration and voter ID rules

You need to register to vote to take part in the elections. You can do this on the Electoral Commission Website. The deadline to register to vote for the elections on Thursday 2 May is Tuesday 16 April.

New rules mean that voters must show photo ID at the polling station to be allowed to vote.

There are different types of photo ID that you can show such as:

  • a UK Driving Licence.
  • a UK Passport.
  • an Older Person’s or Disabled Person’s Bus Pass (that is funded by the UK Government).

If you do not have a photo ID, you can get a free Voter Authority Certificate to use as ID when you vote.

You can find more information about voter ID, applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, and a full list of all accepted types of photo ID on the Electoral Commission Website.

Accessibility, postal voting and proxy voting

You can find easy read guides about voting, voter ID and registration on Mencap’s website.

If you want to vote, but do not want to go to the polling station, you can also:

  • Vote by post, you must apply to this by 5 pm on 17 April, you can do this here.
  • Vote by proxy, you must apply to this by 5 pm 24 April, you can do this here.