General Election 2024

2024 General Election - Thursday 4 July

The date of the next UK General Election has been announced as Thursday 4 July. 

The General Election will be held on new Parliamentary boundaries. Electors in the Cherwell district will vote in either the Banbury constituency or the Bicester and Woodstock constituency. Further information on the new parliamentary boundaries is available on the Boundary Commission for England website and people can check which constituency they will be voting in and find maps of the new Parliamentary boundaries by entering their postcodes on the Parliament website.

If you're not sure where your polling station is, you can enter your postcode to the 'Where do I vote?' website and it will show you a route from your home address to the station. 

Verification and counting of the votes for the two Constituencies will take place at Spiceball Leisure Centre, overnight on Thursday 4 July into Friday 5 July. There is no public admission to the count, as attendance is strictly limited to those working on the count, candidates in both Constitutencies and their agents. Results will be declared and published in our General Election directory when they are available. 

Key dates

The following timetable is in effect for the General Election:

  • Deadline to register to vote - It is now too late to register to vote for the General Election. The deadline was 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June. If you have recently moved house or changed your name you can continue to use the online service to update your details, but the changes will not take effect until after 4 July. 

All Poll Cards have now been sent out for this election. Don't worry if you can't find your poll card, you don't need to take it with you to vote. You will however need to make sure you have valid photo ID. The government website gives a full list of the accepted ID documents you can use; if the type of ID you have isn't listed, you cannot use it. 

  • Deadline to apply for a postal vote - It is now too late to apply for a postal vote for the General Election, the deadline was 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.  

All Postal vote packs, including ballot papers, have now been sent out.  If you haven't received your postal pack, we can issue another one from Friday 28 June. This date is set out in legislation and is not a decision of Cherwell District Council. We can issue replacements up until 5pm on polling day, 4 July. 

Contact the Democratic and Elections Team via email elections@Cherwell-dc.gov.uk or telephone 01295 227005 to let us know your postal vote hasn't arrived. 

  • Deadline to apply for a proxy vote -  It is now too late to apply for a proxy vote for the General Election. the deadline was 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. If you were planning to go and vote in person on 4 July and you can no longer do so due to a medical or work related reason, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote. Applications for medical proxies will need to be supported by a medical professional, applications for work related proxies will need to be supported by an employer. 
     
  • Deadline to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) if you do not have any accepted photo ID - It is now too late to apply for a VAC. The deadline was 5pm on Wednesday 26 Jun. If a problem has occurred with the ID you were intending to use to vote in person on 4 July, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy.  

The deadline for all emergency proxy applications is 5pm on Thursday 4 July.