Borough Insight

Election dates & deadlines - what you need to know

On Wednesday 22 May 2024, the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the next General Election will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Parliament was be dissolved on Thursday 30 May 2024 and the Parliamentary Writ delivered to the Town Hall on Friday 31 May 2024.

Here is everything you need to know to enable you to vote in the General Election.

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Epsom & Ewell constituency

Following a review into constituency boundaries carried out last year, the new Epsom & Ewell constituency consists of the Borough of Epsom and Ewell and the wards of Ashtead Common, Ashtead Park, Ashtead Village, Leatherhead North and Leatherhead South from Mole Valley district.

The previous MP, Chris Grayling is not standing at this election. Candidates for the upcoming election can be found here.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote was 18 June 2024. If you want to check if you are registered then you can contact us by e-mail at, or phone on 01372 732000.

Can’t vote in person?

If you are not able to vote in person on 4 July 2024, you can either use a postal vote if you have registered to do so, or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Postal votes were sent out by 1st class post from 17 June and we expect them to arrive by 24 June. If you are going on holiday before or close to that date, you may prefer to appoint a proxy.

Poll Cards

If you are already registered then you will receive a poll card giving information about polling hours and the address of your polling station soon after 10 June 2024. If you registered to vote after 10 May 2024 then your poll card will be sent out around 24 June 2024.

If after 5pm on 26 June you become unwell, or for work reasons cannot vote in person, the deadline to appoint an emergency proxy is 5pm, Thursday, 4 July. Contact the elections office on 01372 732000 for more information on how to arrange one.

Returning Your Postal Vote Pack

Please note that there are new restrictions regarding the handing in Postal Votes at both Council Offices and Polling Stations. You will need to complete a declaration form if you hand in postal vote(s) and you will be restricted on the number you can hand in to no more than 6 including your own. If you do not complete the required form then your postal vote will be rejected and your vote will not count. This will also apply to postal votes put into the post boxes situated at the Town Hall.

This will not apply if you return your postal vote via Royal Mail.

Voter ID

It is now a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting in person at a polling station at some elections. 

You’ll need one of the following types of photo ID to vote:

  • a UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving licence (full or provisional)
  • a driving licence issued by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands
  • a UK passport
  • a passport issued by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or a Commonwealth country
  • a PASS card (National Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • a Blue Badge
  • a biometric residence permit (BRP)
  • a Defence Identity Card (MOD form 90)
  • a national identity card issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • a Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
  • an Anonymous Elector’s Document

You can also use one of the following travel passes as photo ID when you vote:

Don't have a valid form of photo ID?

You can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm, Wednesday, 26 June 2024.

For more information on the General Election, please visit our website.

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