General election: all you need to know and do to make sure you can cast your vote

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It might be almost a month until Lancashire heads to the polls in the general election, but there are some key dates before then which you should be aware of to ensure you can actually cast your vote on 4th July.

  • If you’re not already on the electoral roll, you need to register to vote by 11.59pm on Tuesday 18th June.  

  • If you want to vote by post - and have not previously arranged to receive postal votes over a specific period of time that covers the general election date - then you need to apply for a postal voting pack by 5pm on Wednesday 19th June.

  • If you want someone else to cast your ballot on your behalf, you need to apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday 26th June.

  • If you do not have a suitable form of voter ID (see list below), then you need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate by 5pm on Wednesday 26th June.

  • If - for reasons of illness - you discover after the proxy vote deadline has passed that you will not be able to vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote until 5pm on election day itself, 4th July

    >>>Every candidate, the key boundary changes and the current state of play in each Lancashire constituency.


Since last year, it is a requirement for anybody voting in person to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • a 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;

  • a photo Driving Licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state;

  • a Blue Badge;

  • an older Person's Bus Pass;

  • a disabled Person's Bus Pass;

  • an Oyster 60+ Card;

  • a freedom Pass;

  • an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card);

  • a biometric immigration document;

  • a Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card);

  • a national identity card issued by an EEA state.

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