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General Election 2024

Hand posting a polling card into a vote box

The General/Parliamentary Election will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Voting areas

Preston is a large authority, for the General Election, some parts of Preston vote in a different authority.

Residents in the following wards will vote in the Ribble Valley Constituency. These are:

  • Greyfriars
  • Preston Rural East
  • Preston Rural North
  • Sharoe Green

Election Notices

Would you like to stand as a candidate?

Nomination packs to apply to stand as a candidate at the General/Parliamentary Election are available below:

To return completed nomination packs, please call 01772 906482 or 906123 to book an appointment. An informal check will be made before they are formally accepted.

Completed nominations can only be delivered from between 10am and 4pm from Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June 2024.

Candidates and Agents Meeting - Wednesday 12 June 2024 at 5.30pm

This will be held on Wednesday 12 June 2024 at 5.30pm at the Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL. 

Advice Surgeries for Candidates and Agents

The Electoral Commission will host a webinar for candidates standing at the UK Parliamentary General Election (UKPGE) on 13 June from 1-2 pm. This session will cover candidate spending, donations, and reporting rules for the UKPGE. If you are interested in attending, please register by visiting Forms Office - Candidates at the UKPGE.

Alternatively, the Electoral Commission is hosting Advice Surgeries on 18, 19, and 20 June. These 15-minute slots are available for candidates, agents, political party members, and non-party campaigners to ask questions about our guidance for the upcoming UK Parliamentary General Election. If you'd like to book a slot, please fill out the registration form by visiting Forms Office - Candidates at the UKPGE.

When should I register to vote?

Please register as soon as possible. If you are already on the register, please do not register again.

If you are not on the register, you can apply online at GOV.UK - Register to vote .

The deadline to register to vote at the General Election is Tuesday 18 June 2024.

How do I vote?

At the polling station

You can vote at the polling station and will be sent a poll card prior to the election.

Please remember to bring your ID with you. It must be an original document, you cannot show a document which is on your phone. Please see the list below of accepted ID which you can bring with you. If you do not have any ID to show the polling station staff, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

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

Vote by post 

If you would like to vote by post at these elections, please apply as early as possible so that you will receive your ballot papers in good time.

The deadline to apply to vote by post for the General Election is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024. 

You can apply to vote by post online at GOV.UK - apply for a postal vote. You will need to provide your national insurance number when you apply. For more information see how to vote.

There will be two despatches of postal ballot papers, the second one being close to the election so if you apply early, your ballot papers could be included in the first despatch.

For more information about different voting methods see how to vote.

Going on holiday?

You can vote by post or proxy. For further information see how to vote. The deadline for us to receive your application for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024. The deadline for us to receive your application for a proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

If you would like a postal vote because you will be away on 4 July, please be aware of our despatch dates to make sure you receive your ballot papers before you go. If you are already a postal voter, or apply before 31 May, your ballot papers will be despatched around 20 June. If you apply on or after 31 May, you ballot papers will be despatched on or around 27 June.

If that doesn't fit in with your plans, you can apply for a proxy up to 5pm on 26 June.

Voter ID

Most people will already have ID.  The list of ID is here:

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
  • Photo Driving Licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
  • A Blue Badge
  • Older Person's Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person's Bus Pass
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy. It must be an original document, you cannot show a document which is on your phone. For more information see voter ID for Elections.

You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

Important dates

  • Proclamation of Summonsing new Parliament - Thursday 30 May 2024
  • Dissolution of Parliament - Thursday 30 May 2024
  • Issue of Writ - Thursday 30 May 2024
  • Receipt of Writ - Friday 31 May 2024
  • Publication of Notice of Election - Friday 31 May 2024
  • Publication of Notice of Poll - Friday 7 June 2024
  • Receipt of Nominations - 4pm Friday 7 June 2024
  • Withdrawl of Candidate - 4pm Friday 7 June 2024
  • Appointment of Election Agents - 4pm Friday 7 June 2024
  • Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated - 5pm Friday 7 June 2024
  • Publication of Notice of Election Agents - 4pm Friday 7 June 2024
  • Last Date for Registration - Tuesday 18 June 2024
  • Receipt of Postal Vote Applications - 5pm Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • Last day for Voter Authority Certificates - 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications -  5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Appointment of Poll and Count Agents - Thursday 27 June 2024
  • First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers - Friday 28 June 2024
  • Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers - 5pm Thursday 4 July 2024
  • Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications - 5pm Thursday 4 July 2024
  • Day of Poll - 7am to 10pm Thursday 4 July 2024
  • Return of Election Expenses -  Thursday 8 August 2024
  • Inspection of Expenses - Sunday 18 August 2024

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