Ensuring everyone can vote in the general election

How to register and what to do on election day

Everyone should have the chance to vote in the general election.

We think it's important that everybody has the opportunity to cast a vote in the election.

To do this, you need to have registered as a voter. You must also have photo ID (or applied for a voter authority certificate if you don't have it).

Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure you can cast your vote on Thursday, 4 July.

Registering to vote

You can register online - click here.

Don't have a fixed address? You can still vote using an address where you spend a significant amount of time (such as a friend's address if you're sofa surfing, or a night shelter or day centre).

The deadline to register is 11.59pm on Tuesday, 18 June.

If you're unsure about what to do and are being supported by Porchlight, a member of staff can help you register. You can get assistance from your local council, day centre or advice services.

Make sure you have photo ID

In order to vote, you'll a valid form of photo ID. This can include:

  • passport
  • UK driving licence (including provisional)
  • biometric immigration document
  • PASS card (proof of age)
  • certain travel cards for older or disabled people

A full list of acceptable ID can be found here. The ID doesn't have to be in date, as long as it still resembles the person. The name on the ID should be the same name a client is using to register to vote.

If you don't have photo ID, you can apply for a voter authority certificate

To apply for a voter authority certificate, you must already be registered to vote (so make sure you've registered by 18 June by using the link at the top of this page).

To obtain a voter authority certificate, you'll need a recent digital photo and your national insurance number.

You can apply online for a voter authority certificate - here

The deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday, 26 June.

What to do on election day

The general election takes place on Thursday, 4 July.

You'll receive a poll card that lets you know where your polling station is (this is where you can cast your vote).

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Even without your poll card, you can find your polling station on the Electoral Commission website.

What happens at the polling station

Bring your photo ID or voter authority certificate. Staff will verify your ID, provide a ballot paper, and guide you to a voting booth. Use the provided pencil or your own pen to mark your vote, then fold and place the ballot paper in the ballot box. If your ID is refused, speak to the presiding officer.

For more information, visit the Electoral Commission website or call their helpline at 0800 328 0280.