Local Election: 2 May 2024

two hands posting ballot papers

On 2 May there is a local election for Runnymede Borough Council, as well as an election for Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

It is important to vote, so you can have a say on the services which are delivered in your area.

To find out more about voting visit the Electoral Commission website 

For more information about the elections and to find out who is standing in your area visit

If after reading this you still have questions you can email elecservices@runnymede.gov.uk or call our elections helpline on 01932 838383

Key dates

Deadline to register to vote: 11:59pm Tuesday 16 April 2024

Deadline to register to postal vote, cancel or change an existing postal, proxy or postal proxy vote: 5pm Wednesday 17 April 2024

Deadline to register to vote by proxy (not postal proxy): 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024

Deadline for applications for Voter Authority Certificate: 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024

Check your ID

To vote at a polling station, you will need to bring photo ID. Not all forms of ID will be accepted. 

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy. You can still use an out-of-date photo ID, as long as it still looks like you, and the name should match the name you used to register to vote.

If you have applied for a postal vote then you will not need to show any ID.

If you have a proxy vote, (where someone you trust votes on your behalf), your proxy will need to ensure they have their photo ID with them.

Voting in a polling station

Do I need to take anything with me?

You need to bring an accepted form of photographic ID in order to receive your ballot paper. The full list of accepted forms is available on the Electoral Commission website.

What if I do not want my ID to be checked in public?

You can ask to have your ID checked in private. You can also request that a female member of staff checks your ID. Face coverings must be removed when checking ID.

What if I need help?

If you are not sure what to do, or need any help, just ask the staff at the polling station – they will be happy to assist you.

More information can be found on the Electoral Commission website

How to find your polling station

Your polling station is listed on your poll card. You must be registered to vote in order to be sent a poll card in the post.

You can also find your polling station by entering your postcode into the website below

You need to go to your designated polling station; you cannot go to a different one, for example, near where you work.

Voting by post?

Voters who have opted to vote by post should complete and return them by post as soon as they receive it. 

If you did not get around to posting yours in time, you can hand it in at your polling station up until 10pm on polling day. You can find your polling station by entering your postcode on the Where do I vote website.

Remember  - if you are handing in postal votes at a polling station, you can now only hand in up to five, plus your own and you will have to complete the necessary form. Find out more information on the Electoral Commission website.

What is the Police and Crime Commissioner election?

Elections for Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner are also taking place on 2 May 2024.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s role is to oversee how crime is tackled in the county and hold Surrey Police to account on your behalf, to make sure it is providing a good service.

The Commissioner also works with the Chief Constable to set the overall direction for the force through the Police and Crime Plan and proposes the amount of council tax that will go towards policing from Surrey residents.

Find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner election on the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council website

Published: 18 March 2024