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How to vote in the Local, Combined Authority Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 2 May 2024

by Jonathan Kearney

Elections will be taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

This includes local elections as well as the election of the Combined Authority Mayor and the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner.

Here’s a guide to all you need to know to vote in this year’s elections:

To vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 April 2024.  If you’ve never registered, have moved address or changed your name, register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Once you are registered, there are a number of different ways you can vote:-

Postal votes

You can apply online for a postal vote by visiting the Government’s website. You will be asked to provide your National Insurance Number.

If you are already registered for a postal vote, you don’t need to do anything. You will be contacted by the Election Team when your postal vote is due for renewal.

If you aren’t registered and you’re unable to apply online, you can apply for a postal vote by ringing the Knowsley Election Team on 0151 443 2222 or by emailing elections@knowsley.gov.uk

Completed applications must be received by the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024. You must be registered to vote in order to register for a postal vote.

This year, changes have been introduced regarding the handling of postal votes. There will be a limit on the number of postal vote packs that a person can hand in at a polling station and the Council offices – your own plus five for other electors – and the individual will be required to complete a form when handing in postal votes. In addition, political parties and campaigners will not be able to handle postal vote packs, except where the postal vote is their own, that of a close family member or someone they provide regular care for.

Voting by proxy (allowing someone you trust to vote at a polling station on your behalf)

You can request a proxy vote application by contacting the Elections Team on 0151 443 2222 or by emailing elections@knowsley.gov.uk

Completed applications must be received by the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024.

Voting in person at a Polling Station

There are 70 polling stations in Knowsley that will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2024. Your nearest station will be detailed on your polling card, which will be delivered to your home in advance of 2 May 2024.

You will need to take along photo ID to vote in person the elections (original versions and not a photocopy). Accepted ID includes a passport, driving licence, blue badge, a proof of age card, travel concessionary cards, Biometric Immigration document, Defence Identity Card or National Identity Card.

If you have a form of accepted ID but it’s out of date, you can still use it if it looks like you.

If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, you an apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. Further details about how to apply can be found here. If you need assistance, please call the Electoral Commission helpline on 0800 328 0280. You can also request a hard copy of the form by calling the Knowsley Election Team on 0151 443 2222 or emailing elections@knowsley.gov.uk

If you need a Voter Authority Certificate, the deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024 but you are advised to apply as soon as possible.