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General election date announced

30 May 2024

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, declared from the steps of Downing Street (on 22 May 2024) that the next general election will take place on 4 July 2024. The Prime Minister confirmed that he had spoken with His Majesty the King to request the

On 22 May 2024, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced from Downing Street the upcoming general election for 4 July 2024.

Additionally, he shared his request to His Majesty the King for parliament’s dissolution. The King agreed, setting the election date for 4 July 2024. Remarkably, this will be the first July election since 1945.

Then, the Electoral Commission’s Chief Executive promptly issued a statement following the Prime Minister’s announcement:

“The electoral community will now be putting all its planning into action, working to support voters and delivering well-run polls. I’m very grateful to all involved for their crucial work supporting our democracy. 

Voters need to be registered to take part in the election. Applying only takes five minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and must be done by 18 June. Voters can choose whether to vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. 

For the first time at a UK general election, those voting at a polling station will need to show photo ID. Voters should check now if they have an accepted form of ID, and if not to apply for free ID, called the Voter Authority Certificate.”

Key dates:

ActionTimeline
Deadline for registering to vote23.59 Tuesday 18 June
Deadline for applying for a postal vote17.00 Wednesday 19 June
Deadline for applying for a proxy vote17.00 Wednesday 26 June
Deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate17.00 Wednesday 26 June
Polling day07.00 – 22.00 Thursday 4 July
Source: HM Government Tue, 28 May 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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