Adur and Worthing residents reminded not to miss voting deadlines

Released: Thursday, 07 March 2024

With local elections just around the corner, Adur & Worthing Councils are urging residents to act now to avoid running the risk of missing the deadline to register for postal voting or a Voter Authority Certificate.

Legislation brought in by the government for last year's elections means that voters must now show photo ID to be allowed to vote in person at polling stations in some elections.

The rules will apply to the Adur and Worthing local elections on 2nd May 2024 as well as for general elections.

Voters who don't have photo ID - or who are concerned about taking it to vote - can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate or register to vote by post instead.

For postal voting, residents need to apply no later than 5pm, 11 working days before the first election they want a postal vote for (Wednesday 17th April 2024 for the May local elections).

Anyone already registered to vote by post should check they are still eligible, as voters are required to re-apply every three years.

To find out more and apply, see:

Residents that want to vote in person at a polling station, but who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID - such as a passport, driving licence and older persons' bus pass - can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate which will do the same job.

The application form can be completed online, or a paper form can be requested from the councils' electoral services department by post, or picked up from Worthing Town Hall or the Shoreham Centre.

The deadline to submit an application in time for the local elections in May is Wednesday 24th April 2024 at 5pm, but residents are urged not to leave it until the last minute.

To apply online, visit:

For more information about voter ID legislation, and to see a complete list of accepted forms of ID, see:

Voting - I'm registered to vote (credit The Electoral Commission)

Voting - Photo ID needed to vote (730x485px)


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Page last updated: 11 July 2024

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