General Election

4 July 2024

The next General Election in England will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024. 

The Boundary Commission for England has concluded its review of the Parliamentary constituencies. The three constituencies administrated by South Norfolk and Broadland Council are: 

  • Broadland and Fakenham
  • Norwich North
  • South Norfolk

We also share some of our area with constituencies administrated by other councils.

  • Mid Norfolk (Breckland)
  • Norwich South (Norwich)
  • Waveney Valley (Mid Suffolk)

You can find out about new parliamentary boundaries here.

Please find further information about the General Election below

  • Applications to register to vote at this election must be made by 11:59pm on Tuesday 18 June. You can register to vote online. You can also use this service to update your name and re-register if you have moved house. 

    Remember, each time you move house you need to register to vote at your new address. You also need to re-apply for any postal or proxy voting arrangements you may have had previously! 

    The deadline for new postal and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes, is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June. You can apply online for a postal vote.  

    The deadline for new proxy vote applications (not including postal proxy) is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. You can apply online for a proxy vote.

    The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use in this elections is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. 

  • Voting in person 

    Most people vote in person at their local polling station. If you are registered to vote a poll card will be sent to you in advance of the election giving details about your polling station. 

    If you are not able to attend the polling station on polling day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy. 

    Voting by post 

    If you are not already registered to vote by post and wish to apply, please visit GOV.UK

    Please be aware that the deadline for applications to vote by post in this election is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June. 

    Postal voting packs are sent between 12 and 6 working days before election day and include a prepaid envelope for their return. Your postal vote must be returned before the deadline, 10pm on 4 Thursday 4 July, or it will not be counted.

    If you miss the post, you can hand deliver your postal vote and the postal vote of up to 5 other people at the locations below during the stated times. You must complete and sign a declaration form when handing in postal vote(s). If the declaration form is not completed the postal vote(s) will be rejected.

    • Postal votes can be hand delivered to our council offices at The Horizon Centre, Peachman Way, Broadland Business Park, NR7 0WF. Postal votes can only be hand delivered to this location during normal business hours. Postal votes must be handed in and a declaration signed in order to be valid. Please do not post your postal vote(s) through the on-site letter box as they will be rejected. 
    • On polling day, you can hand in postal votes to any polling station in the electoral area between 7am and 10pm. You must complete and sign a declaration, which will be available from the polling station staff. 

    Please note there are different rules for political campaigners, you can find further details by viewing the Electoral Commission Code of Conduct for Campaigners. 

    Voting by proxy 

    If you are not able to vote in person at a polling station and you do not wish to vote by post, you can appoint someone else to vote for you. 

    Proxy voting means asking someone to vote on your behalf at the polling station. A proxy vote counts the same as any other vote and is subject to the same security and secrecy provisions.

    If you apply for a proxy vote you will have to provide a reason, for example you may be working or studying away from home or on holiday. You will need to nominate someone to vote on your behalf according to your wishes.

    Apply online for a proxy vote

    The deadline to appoint a proxy for this election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. 

  • Voter ID

    Following changes made under the Elections Act 2022, any persons voting in person at this election will be required to show an official form of photographic identification (ID) before being issued with a ballot paper at the polling station.

    Your name on the register must match your name on your identity document. If you have changed your name, you can update your details online.

    Accepted forms of ID are:

    • a 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
    • a 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 biometric immigration document
    • an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
    • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
    • a Blue Badge
    • a national identity card issued by an EEA state
    • an Older Person’s Bus Pass
    • a Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
    • an Oyster 60+ Card
    • a Freedom Pass
    • a Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
    • a 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
    • a Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
    • a Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • a Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
    • an Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

    If you do not have any of the accepted forms of ID you can apply online for a free Voter Authority Certificate – this is a photographic identity document specifically for the purpose of voting. 

    You must be registered to vote in order to apply. If you need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, make sure you do so in good time. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at the General Election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. 

    Apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate

  • Who can stand as an MP?

    To stand as a candidate in a UK Parliamentary General Election you need to be at least 18 years old and:

    • a British citizen
    • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
    • a citizen of a commonwealth country who does not require leave to enter or remain in the UK, or has indefinite leave to remain in the UK

    Who is disqualified from standing as an MP?

    Certain groups of people are not allowed to stand, these include:

    • members of the police forces
    • members of the armed forces
    • civil servants and judges
    • people who are subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order in England or Wales or a debt relief restrictions order
    • people who have been adjudged bankrupt in Northern Ireland
    • people who have had their estate sequestrated in Scotland

    Declaring your candidacy

    Once Parliament has dissolved you can declare that you are a candidate for election, or others can declare your candidacy. The timing of this declaration will have an impact on your spending limits and entitle you to a free copy of the electoral register.


    For your name to appear on a ballot paper, you need to become a 'validly nominated' candidate.

    To do this, you need to submit a completed set of nomination forms together with a deposit of £500 to the (Acting) Returning Officer between 10am and 4pm on any working day after the publication of the Notice of Election, and 4pm on Friday 7 June. 

    Election agents

    Every candidate must have an election agent. This is the person responsible in law for the proper management, particularly in terms of finances, of your election campaign. If you wish you may act as your own agent.

    For more information, read the Electoral Commission's guidance for candidates and agents.