What time do General Election polls open and close? Voting in person explained

Polling station.
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After weeks of campaigning, election week is here and it's time to make plans to head to the polls.

Thursday July 4 marks the first General Election since 2019, and if you're planning to vote in person, you'll need to make sure to get to the polls before they close.

If you missed registering for the postal vote, ballots can be cast in person. Here's everything you need to know about election day.

When do the polling stations open and close?

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on election day. For the UK General Election, you must be at least 18 years old, but the age limit is lower for local and devolved elections in Scotland.

Where do you go to vote?

Your poll card will state which polling station to go vote. Whilst you don't need to bring the poll card with you, you can only vote at this location.

How to vote

Stock image showing a woman’s hand filling in a postal ballot / voting form.
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The last day to register to vote was Tuesday June 18. Voters do not have to re-register before every election, but they should register again after moving house.

Do you need ID to vote in the General Election?

You do need to bring ID to vote in person. Whilst there is no need for ID when voting for Scottish Parliament, voters are required to show photo ID at some elections since May 2023. The ID requirement applies to General Elections.

What can be used as ID?

There are 22 forms of ID you can use, according to the Electoral Commission website.

International travel

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card)

Driving and Parking

  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)

  • A Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

  • 60+ London Oyster Photocard funded by Transport for London

  • Freedom Pass

  • Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)

  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Other government issued documents

  • Biometric residence permit

  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

  • National identity card issued by an EEA state

  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

  • Voter Authority Certificate

  • Anonymous Elector's Document

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