One Month to Go Until the Election

Date posted: 2nd June 2024

As we approach the General Election on Thursday 4 July 2024,  we have pulled together the must know information for voters who are blind or partially sighted (BPS). The countdown begins in what will be the first UK General Election where all voters will have to show a valid form of photo identification before casting a ballot.

The following information helps ensure that you can exercise your right to vote independently and have your voice heard. The polls will open from 7am to 10pm on the day.

Martha, a BPS voter, told us how important voting is to her:

“Voting on July 4th means blind and partially sighted people can make their voice heard and elect MPs who will champion a more accessible society. Registering to vote is straightforward, accessible and means you can have your say; vote, and make sure your voice is heard loud and clear.”


Register to Vote to Ensure Your Voice is Heard

You only have until 18 June 2024 to register to vote, if you are not already registered or you are unsure about your eligibility.

If you want to vote by post, you will need to apply here through a form on the Government’s website. There are a few things you will need when completing the application:

  • the address where you are registered to vote at
  • your national insurance number, or your passport number
  • the date of the election you want to vote in by post – that is 4 July 2024  for the general election
  • a photo of your signature in black ink.


You have until 26 June 2024 to apply for a proxy vote i.e. for someone to vote on your behalf.


Voting Changes

If you are going to the polling station in person, this year, you will need to present photo identification at polling stations to participate in elections.

If you do not have a photo ID, there are currently two available options. You can either request a complimentary voter ID certificate, referred to as the Voter Authority Certificate, or opt for a postal vote where photo ID is not obligatory.

You can obtain the Voter Authority Certificate at any time, and it is not limited to a specific election. Moreover, it does not have an expiration date.

Find out what ID is acceptable and approved for use at polling stations.

In the Booth

All polling stations must have the necessary support to assist blind and partially sighted voters. This includes:

  • a tactile voting device
  • a large print copy of the ballot paper for reference
  • magnifiers
  • additional lighting
  • ensure polling station staff are available to guide you to the voting booth and assist you in marking your vote if needed.


You can also request a reasonable adjustment by writing to your local Returning Officer or local electoral services.

If you are planning to vote in person, you can visit the Electoral Commission website and enter your postcode to find contact details for the electoral services team at your local council and the details of your nearest polling station.

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