Voters urged to prepare for upcoming general election

Voter ID publicity advert used for national campaign

Issued on behalf of the Returning Officer for Highland, Derek Brown

Residents in the two Highland Constituencies of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire are being urged to prepare ahead of the UK parliamentary general election taking place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Anyone who wants to have their say in the general election must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 18 June 2024. It only takes five minutes to register online 

For the first time, voters will need to show photographic ID to vote in a UK parliamentary general election. Residents are being advised to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form. The deadline for applying ahead of the general election is 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024. Voters wishing to apply should first make sure they are registered to vote.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research at the Electoral Commission, said: “It is important that those who want to vote at the general election are registered to vote by the deadline, and have an accepted form of photo ID. We are urging voters to understand what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it. Checking now rather than later means you will be ready when it’s time to vote.”

“You can find more information about the ID requirement and what to expect at the polling station on the Electoral Commission’s website.”

Derek Brown, Returning Officer for Highland said: “Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form. If you need any help with applying for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 393783 or email: .”

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at

They have also produced a short YouTube video clip which can be viewed here  

Voters also have the choice to vote by post or proxy. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 19 June and this can be done online at . The deadline for appointing a proxy vote which is someone to vote on your behalf is 5pm Wednesday 26 June, 2024 and this can be done online at For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote or how to apply by post or by proxy, voters can visit


17 Jun 2024