4 July UK Parliamentary General Election statement

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, we send our very best to our members as they swing into action to run a UK Parliamentary general election on 4 July.

This general election will be the first time voter ID is used across Scotland, the first time new Parliamentary constituencies are in place and the first time UK citizens overseas can register to vote however long ago they left the UK.

It’s just three weeks since every Returning Officer and election team in England and Wales ran local elections, with post-polls work and reporting still ongoing. All electoral administrators have been preparing for the general election in their usual dedicated and professional manner, but there is only so much you can do without a date.

In the coming days, electoral administrators will be booking hundreds of count venues, tens of thousands of polling station venues, and hundreds of thousands of people to staff them. They’ll be working with printers to agree orders for millions of poll cards and postal vote packs and preparing for a dramatic increase in registration and absent vote applications.

Election teams – and the wider electoral community – will be working extended hours across long weeks to make sure the polls on 4 July and subsequent counts go smoothly.

As always, we will be working with our partners at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Electoral Commission, Royal Mail and more widely to make sure our members are kept fully supported and up to date.

As postal vote packs cannot be printed until after candidate nominations close on 7 June, it would be prudent for UK voters living overseas to consider setting up a proxy vote now to have someone they trust vote on their behalf. Any UK-based electors who’ll be away on holiday should also consider setting up a postal or proxy vote now at www.gov.uk/vote-uk-election

We would also advise voters who have moved address recently, or turned 18 since 2 May polls, to register to vote as soon as possible at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It’s important to note if you were registered to vote for 2 May and still live at the same address, you do not need to register to vote again.