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General election - 4 July 2024 (Easy Read)

A map of the UK with a calendar dated Thursday 4 July. Around the map are voters at polling stations

There is going to be a general election on 4 July.

A man is thinking. Behind him is the Houses of Parliament and a ballot paper

A general election is how people decide who they want to represent them.

Ribbons for different political parties

The person you choose to vote for is called a candidate.

Often, a candidate stands with a political party.

They can also stand as an independent, without a political party.

A woman at a polling booth in front of a map, which is labelled 'your local area'

You can vote for a candidate to represent your local area.

This area is called a constituency.

A green map, with an area shaded in light green

West Northamptonshire Council has 4 constituencies - they are:

  • Daventry
  • Northampton North
  • Northampton South
  • South Northamptonshire

Find out more by visiting Boundary Commission for England.

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You need to be eligible and registered to vote.

The deadline to register to vote has passed. 

What happens after a general election

A man in a suit stands outside the Houses of Parliament

Whoever gets the most votes in a constituency becomes an MP for that area.

An MP means Member of Parliament.

A man in a suit speaks on a phone. Behind him is a map labelled 'your local area'

An MP works in their community and in Parliament.

They deal with local matters and help shape national laws.

A man holding a briefcase stands outside 10 Downing Street

The leader of the party with the most MPs becomes prime minister.

They form a government which runs the country.

Voter ID

Different types of Voter ID

If you vote in person, you need to bring photographic identification.

This is also called Voter ID.

This might be a:

  • passport
  • driving license
  • blue badge
An identification card

There are other forms of photo ID you can bring.

Read more about accepted forms of photo ID.

An ID card with a photo of a woman and a calendar dated June 26

You may not have an acceptable form of ID.

If so, you have until 5pm on Wednesday 26 June to apply for Voter ID.

Who can vote

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You can vote if you are:

  • aged 18 or over on election day
  • registered to vote
  • a British, Irish or qualifying commonwealth citizen

If you are living abroad 

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You may be a British or eligible Irish citizen who lives abroad.

You can register online to vote in the UK.

A post box and a ballot paper next to a woman at a polling station

If you will be temporarily abroad, you can vote by post or by proxy.

Voting by proxy means getting someone else to vote for you.

Voting as a student living away from home

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You can register at your home and term-time addresses.

You must only vote once.

If you have moved house

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You must register at your new address.

If you do not register in time, you may be able to vote at your old address.

If this is too far away, you can vote by proxy.

If you are on holiday

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You can vote either by post or by proxy.

Proxy voting means someone else votes for you.

To do this, you need to register to vote by proxy.

You need to select someone to vote for you.

This person must be eligible to vote.

Applying for postal votes

A woman holding a postal vote application stands next to a post box

The deadline to apply for postal votes has now passed.

Applying to vote by proxy

Two men have a conversation in British Sign Language. Next to them, a man is at a polling station

Voting by proxy is when someone votes on your behalf.

You should apply to vote by proxy by 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Resources for candidates

A man in a suit stands outside the Houses of Parliament

We have resources for candidates in the upcoming election.

This includes key dates, forms and documents.

Last updated 21 June 2024