Voter deadlines for the local election closing soon


With less than a month to go until the local election on Thursday 4 May, time is running out for Woking borough residents to register.

The online registration process closes at midnight on Monday 17 April. If you’re not registered, you will not be able to vote. It takes just five minutes to apply online.

Registering to vote has additional benefits besides voting on election day and having your say on local matters affecting your community.

Being on the electoral register helps credit reference agencies check your name and address when applying for a credit card, mortgage, mobile phone contract and more. It can also be used by schools to check you’re applying for the right school catchment area, and the local council when confirming your address when applying for a resident’s parking permit.

Your vote, your way

When registered, you can choose how you want to vote. You can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

New photo ID requirement at polling stations

This May registered voters will need to show accepted forms of photo ID to vote at a polling station. This is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act 2022.

To find out which ID you can use in the polling station, visit the Electoral Commission’s website.

If you do not have any photo ID or it is not included in the approved list, you can apply for free ID on the government’s website (GOV.UK). Alternatively, you can complete and submit a paper form, available from Woking Borough Council’s Elections Team.

You must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, to be able to use the Voter Authority Certificate on 4 May.

Find out more

Details about the upcoming local election can be found on the Woking Borough Council website.