Important information about Elections on 2 May 2024

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We’re making preparations for the Mayor of London and GLA elections which take place on 2 May 2024.

This year’s elections are slightly different and it’s important that you are aware of the changes.  

Voter ID at polling stations  

It’s now a legal requirement to present photo ID when voting at polling stations. Without this you will not be able to vote.   

On polling day you must bring you with a valid form of photo ID. This could be your passport, driving licence, travel passes or blue badge. A full list of documents can be found by visiting  the Electoral Commission website.  

Information on this will also be provided on your Polling Letters. 

Proxy voters will need to show their own photographic ID and not that of the elector they are voting on behalf of. 

If you don't have a valid form of photo ID, you can Apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate from the Council. Paper applications will also be available for those who cannot apply online. 

Polling stations 

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May. 

Your polling letter will tell you where you can vote, or you will be able to check your polling station on our website.  

Postal votes  

If you have opted for postal votes, you will receive your ballot papers and postal voting statement before polling day.  

If you do not post your ballot in time for them to arrive by polling day, you can take it to any Harrow polling station by 10pm on Thursday 2 May. When you do this, you will now need to fill in a short form. There will be a limit on the number of postal votes a person can hand in at a polling station – they will not be allowed to hand in more than five postal ballot packs for other electors plus their own. 

There are different rules surrounding Political Campaigners. If you require further information on this, please contact Electoral Services at 


Kim Wright, Constituency Returning Officer for Brent and Harrow and Chief Executive of Brent Council, said:

The Mayoral and London Assembly elections in May will be the first time Brent and Harrow voters will need to bring their photo ID with them to the polling station.

“Now is the time to check the list of accepted photo ID and make sure you have at least one of these. If you don’t, apply now for a free photo ID to vote – known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

“Please also remember to make sure you are registered to vote, know whether you are going to vote in person or by post and have marked the date Thursday 2 May 2024 in your diaries."


Read about all the relevant information about Greater London Authority Elections 2 May 2024.

Published: 21st February 2024