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UK Parliamentary (General) Election - 4 July 2024

On Thursday 4 July 2024 there will be a Parliamentary (General) Election in the United Kingdom.  In the Darlington Borough Council area voters will be electing Members of Parliament to either the Darlington Parliamentary Constituency or the Stockton West Constituency (Hurworth and Middleton St. George Wards only).

Important documentation and notices:-

Darlington Constituency:-

Stockton West Constituency:-

2023 Parliamentary Boundary Review

Following the parliamentary boundary review in 2023, the Borough of Darlington is now split into two Constituencies namely the Darlington Constituency and the Stockton West Constituency.  You can view a map of the new constituencies on the Boundary Commission for England website [external link].

Standing for Election

Should you wish to stand as a candidate in the election, guidance can be found on the Electoral Commission [external link] website.  Alternatively you can contact the elections team by telephoning 01325 406444 or e-mailing [email protected] 

Completed nomination papers must be received by the Acting Returning Officer by 4.00 pm on Friday 7 June 2024.  Further information can be found in the timetable below.

Register to vote

To be able to vote in the elections you must be registered to vote.  If you are not already registered, you can do so online.  You need to be registered by midnight on Tuesday 18 June 2024.

Register to vote [external link]

Ways to vote

You can vote in these elections either:

  • In person at the polling station between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm.  You can find out where your polling station is by checking your poll card.  You will be required to show photographic identification (ID).
  • By post.  You will need to apply before 5.00 pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024
  • By proxy (someone voting on your behalf).  You will need to apply before 5.00 pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Apply for a postal vote [external link]

Apply for a proxy vote [external link]

Important - How you can you return your postal vote has changed.

What photographic ID will be accepted?

Gov.uk has a full list of accepted photo ID [external link].

What if I don't have an accepted form of ID?

If you do not have any of the accepted photo ID, and you want to vote at a polling station, you will need to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) or your can apply to vote by post.  You can do this electronically up to 5.00 pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024 using the link below.

 Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate [external link].

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form.  You must apply before 5.00 pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

For more information on Voter ID and applying for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) see our Elections Act 2022 page or the Voter ID - Your Guide [pdf document].

Need help finding a polling station?

Key dates and timetable of events

Date  Description
Thursday 30 May 2024 Dissolution of Parliament and Issue of Writ
Friday 31 May 2024 Receipt of Writ
Monday 3 June 2024

Publication of Notice of Election

Tuesday 4 June 2024 Poll Cards / Letters posted (Issue 1) (for current electors)
by 4.00 pm Friday 7 June 2024 Delivery of Nomination Papers.  Nomination Papers should be delivered to the Returning Officer between Monday 3 and Friday 7 June 2024 (between the hours of 10.00 am and 4.00 pm).  Please contact Paul Dalton (tel. 01325 405803 or e-mail [email protected]) to arrange delivery of your nomination paper or undertake any formal checks.   (Note - Nomination Papers for the Stockton West Constituency should be delivered to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council)
5.00 pm Friday 7 June 2024 Publication of Notice of Poll
5.00 pm Friday 7 June 2024

Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated

5.00 pm Friday 7 June 2024

Publication of Notice of Election Agents

6.00 pm Tuesday 11 June 2024 Briefing for Candidates and Agents - Committee Room No. 3, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT
Tuesday 11 June 2024 Postal Votes posted to overseas electors
Monday 17 June 2024 Postal Votes posted to electors who applied prior to Monday 3 Jun3 2024
by midnight Tuesday 18 June 2024 Deadline for receipt of new applications to register to vote [external link]
5.00 pm Wednesday 19 June 2024 Deadline to apply for a postal vote [external link] or postal proxy, and for changes to existing postal and proxy arrangements
Friday 21 June 2024 Poll Cards / Letters posted (Issue 2)
Monday 24 June 2024 Postal Votes posted to electors who applied between Monday 3 June and Wednesday 19 June 2024
5.00 pm Wednesday26 June 2024 Deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate [external link]
5.00 pm Wednesday 26 June 2024 Deadline to apply for a proxy vote [external link]
Thursday 27 June 2024 Deadline for notification of appointment of Polling and Counting Agents
Friday 28 June 2024 First day to issue replacements for lost postal ballot papers
7.00 am to 10.00 pm Thursday 4 July 2024 Day of Poll
5.00 pm Thursday 4 July 2024 Deadline for receipt of Emergency Proxy Applications
5.00 pm Thursday 4 July 2024 Deadline to apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes
10.00 pm Thursday 4 July 2024 Verification and Count - Sports Hall, Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5RP.  Please note that attendance at the verification and count is by invitation only and only candidates, agents and count agents are able to attend.

 

For further information or to request copies of nomination papers (Darlington Constituency only) or paper copies of forms to register to vote, apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, to vote by post or proxy, or any other information or advice please contact the:-

Elections Officer
Town Hall
Feethams
Darlington
DL1 5QT
Tel. 01325 406444
E-mail [email protected] 

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