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Elections - 2 May 2024

Elections are taking place on Thursday 2 May.

Polling stations open at 7am and will close at 10pm. Your Polling station will be listed on your poll card, but you can also check your polling station on this website. 

This year, there are City Council elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. There is also one county council seat for election in the Meon Valley.

We’ll be counting the City Council votes overnight on Thursday 2 May and results will be published to our website as they’re declared.

Postal Votes

If you applied to vote by post, your ballot papers will arrive by post shortly.

If you are in the Meon Valley division of the district, your postal vote for the Hampshire County Council by election for this area will be posted w/c 22 April.

Your postal vote must arrive back to the Returning Officer by 10pm on 2 May.  

The best way to return your postal vote is by using the Royal Mail postal service and return it in plenty of time.

Changes in law when returning postal votes in person

If you miss the post, or usually return your postal vote in person, a change in law means you must now complete a form when returning your ballot paper, so postal votes must be handed to a person and a form completed at the same time.

You can do this by:

  • Visiting our reception team at City Offices on Colebrook Street during office hours
  • Handing your postal vote to staff at one of the district’s polling stations on polling day.

Please be aware you can now only return your own and up to five other’s postal votes.

Voter ID

A new law was introduced last year which states you must now show ID at polling stations. Your usual ID is accepted (such as passport or Driver’s Licence) a full list of accepted ID can be found on our website

Don’t have ID?

You can apply for a ‘Voter Authority Certificate.’ You must apply for this by 24 April 2024 to be able to vote on 2 May.

Proxy Vote

If you are unable to vote in person, you can ask someone to do it on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.  




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