The UK General Election will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024.

If voting at a polling station remember to bring photographic identification with you.


Candidates and Election Agents

The deadline for candiate nomination papers was on Friday 7 June 2024 therefore the Acting Returning Officer is no longer able to accept nominations.


Changes to Voting in 2024

Absent Voting (Postal or Proxy) Changes

Electors wishing to apply for an absent vote are now subject to an identity check and when applying will need to provide their National Insurance Number as well as their date of birth and signature.

Postal Voting

Electors wishing to apply for a postal vote can now do so online at  Apply for a postal vote | GOV.UK

Postal vote packs can either be put in the post or handed in at the council offices during office hours to a person authorised to receive postal votes or at any polling station in the voting area before 10pm on Thursday 4 July 2024.  You will need to complete a form when handing your postal vote pack in.

Do not put any postal votes in the letter box of the council office as they will be rejected.

You can hand in your own postal vote and postal votes for up to 5 other voters. If you are a political campaigner you can only hand in your own postal vote plus the votes of up to 5 family members or people for whom you provide regular care.

More on Postal Voting


Proxy Voting

If you wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf please note that a person can now only act as a proxy for a maximum of 4 electors, of which no more than 2 may be a domestic elector (someone who is not a service elector or overseas elector).

More on Proxy Voting

See more in our 2024 Elections Absent Voting Changes video here.


Ward Boundaries Changes

As a result of the new ward boundaries, your polling station may have changed - check your polling station online here.

If voting in person, please check the details on your poll card.



There should be no barriers to voting for people with disabilities or mental health conditions. Please let us know if we can provide any help or equipment to make it easier for you to vote independently and secretly.

For all enquiries please email us at elections@castlepoint.gov.uk, call us on 01268 882200 or visit the Electoral Commission website.


Key dates for Elections on 4 July 2024

Deadline for Registration

 Tuesday 18 June

Deadline for Postal Vote applications

 5pm Wednesday 19 June

Deadline for Voter Authority Certificate applications

 5pm Wednesday 26 June

Deadline for Proxy Vote Applications

 5pm Wednesday 26 June

Deadline for Emergency Proxy Vote Applications

 5pm Thursday 4 July