The by-election for the parliamentary constituency of Kingswood will take place on Thursday 15 February 2024 following the resignation of Chris Skidmore MP.
Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 15 February. Residents of the Kingswood constituency who want to have their say in the by-election must be registered to vote by Tuesday 30 January. It only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Those registered will start to receive their poll cards around 17 January. The poll cards include information on how to arrange a postal or proxy vote for those who cannot make it to their polling station on 15 February.
Following new legislation introduced in May 2023, all residents voting in person must remember to bring a form of photo ID with them.
Accepted forms of ID include a current or expired UK passport or photo card driving licence, including a provisional one. Expired IDs are acceptable, as long as the photo still bears a true resemblance. Only original documents are accepted, photos of your ID, copies of digital versions or digital versions saved on phones and smart devices will not be accepted.
The list of all forms of approved photo ID is shown on the poll cards.
If you don’t have any form of photo ID from the accepted list, or your ID no longer looks like you, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. Applicants must already be registered to vote. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the up-coming by-election is 5pm on 7 February.
Further details about accepted forms of ID and information on how to apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate are available at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate.
For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/kingswood-by-election where you can find the election timetable and guidance for candidates and agents.