Preparing to vote – what you need to know?

Are you registered to vote?

Central Bedfordshire Council is encouraging residents who have not yet registered to vote to act quickly by visiting However, you only need to register again if you have changed address, name or nationality since voting in the last election.

To vote in the General Election on Thursday 4th July your name must appear in the register of electors, be one of the eligible nationalities and you must be aged 18 or over on polling day. The deadline to submit application forms to register to vote is midnight on 18th June 2024.

Poll cards will be delivered to addresses across the Central Bedfordshire Council area from the week commencing 3rd June 2024 with postal votes being sent out from 11th June 2024. If you do not receive a poll card, you may not be on the electoral register for the address where you live.

Register to vote

You need photo ID to vote at a polling station

Voters will be required to produce a valid form of photographic identification when voting at the polling station. If this is not available, a free voter authority certificate (VAC) can be used. These are available either online or by post and require a recent digital photograph and National Insurance number. Images on a phone will not be accepted.

As the General Election is taking place at a time when people may be on their summer holiday, applying for a postal vote will mean that you don’t lose your vote.

If you haven’t received your poll card by 14th June, you can contact the Electoral Services team by emailing or calling 0300 300 8008.

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