General Election: Everything you need to know

Ballot box

The General Election takes place on Thursday 4 July. Make sure you’re ready to vote. Here's everything you need to know

Depending on where you live, you will vote in either: 

  • Harrow East Candidates

  • Harrow West Candidates

  • Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (administered by Hillingdon Council)
    •  Hatch End, Pinner and Pinner South wards fall under this constituency

Voter ID

Remember, no ID means no vote.

If voting in person, you will need to show photo ID at the polling station. There are several accepted forms of ID, including:

  • Passport

  • Driving licence
  • Multiple concessionary travel passes
  • PASS card (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Blue badge
  • Voter Authority Certificate

You will be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo, but it still must be one of these approved forms.

 

Postal voting

If voting by post, we must receive your postal vote by 10pm, Thursday 4 July for it to be counted. So please remember to post giving plenty of time.

Remember to sign it and insert your date of birth. 

If you cannot post your postal vote in time, you can take it to a local polling station.

There is a limit on how many postal votes you can hand in at a local polling station. You can only hand in your own postal vote, and the postal votes of up to five other people.

If handing in any postal votes you will also need to complete a short form.

 

Polling stations

There are 118 polling station across Harrow East and Harrow West. Yours will be at a short walking distance from you.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4 July.

Your polling letter (also known as a poll card) will tell you which polling station to go to. You can only vote at the polling station location in your letter. You can also check your polling station online.

You must bring photo ID with you to the polling station. You don’t need to bring your polling letter, but it makes it easier for staff to find you on the electoral register.

Not received your polling letter? You can double-check that you're registered to vote by emailing elections@harrow.gov.uk

If you live in Hatch End, Pinner or Pinner South, your polling station will be in the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner constituency which is administered by Hillingdon Council. Please visit their website to find your polling station.

 

Constituencies and boundary information

Harrow is split in two constituencies - Harrow East and Harrow West. Check you poll letter which will highlight which constituency you fall under.

Hatch End, Pinner and Pinner South Wards

These wards fall within constituency of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. This constituency is administered by Hillingdon Council.

Queensbury Ward, London Borough of Brent

Although Queensbury Ward is in Brent, the ward falls under the constituency of Harrow East. This is administered by the London Borough of Harrow.

Harrow on the Hill polling district 4 changes

Eligible residents in Harrow on the Hill Polling District 4 will now be voting at The Lyonian Pavilion, South Vale, Harrow, HA1 3PN rather than the St George’s Voluntary Primary Academy School that they voted at in May.

Visit www.harrow.gov.uk/elections for further information about the elections

 

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find out about candidates? 

Harrow East Candidates

Harrow West Candidates

Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner (administered by Hillingdon Council)

Is there anything I shouldn’t do in a polling station? 

We ask voters not to stay in the polling station longer than necessary or chat to other voters, especially about politics. Do not take pictures in a polling station, even of your own ballot paper.  

What happens if I make a mistake on my ballot paper? 

Don’t worry, you can get another one, providing the one marked in error doesn’t go in the ballot box. Go back to the desk where your ballot was issued and tell the polling staff you’ve made a mistake and need a new ballot paper. Your spoilt ballot paper will be put in a separate envelope, so it can be accounted for later, but not counted.  

Are polling stations accessible? 

Yes, all our polling stations are wheelchair accessible – some may have a separate ramped entrance that will be signposted. All have a low voting booth and aids to help visually impaired voters. If you need any assistance, staff at your polling station will be happy to help. 

Do I have to give my voter number to a teller outside my polling station?

No. Tellers are party representatives who help to assess turnout. They are recognised within the electoral process but are not an official part of it. Tellers should identify which party they represent and are permitted to ask only for voter numbers (as printed on polling cards). They can approach the voter on entering or leaving the polling station.

I forgot to post my postal vote in time – can it still be counted? 

If you have an unreturned postal vote, it's not too late to vote. You can hand your completed ballot in at any polling station in the parliamentary constituencies before 10pm. 

There is now a limit on the number of postal votes you can hand in at the polling station. You can only return the postal votes of up to five other people plus your own. You'll also need to complete a postal vote return form.

When does the count take place?

The count will start on Thursday 4 July. It will be an overnight count with results expected early morning Friday 5 July.

When will the results be announced? 

Declarations will be made in the very early hours of Friday 5 July.  You can follow the action live and get all the results first by following the council’s X feed (formerly known as Twitter) @harrow_council

 

Published: 10th June 2024