Local elections 2024: What time do Surrey polls close? Do I need to bring Voter ID?

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Across Surrey people are heading to the polls today to decide the political make-up of their borough and district councils, as well as who represents them overseeing the police.

Residents have until 10pm May 2, to take part in the elections happening in their area. Residents casting their ballot for their chosen council and PCC representatives will vote twice. Crossing two ballots will be residents in Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Tandridge, Waverley, and Woking.

Surrey residents in Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath have the chance to vote for their desired Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate.

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PCCs are elected by the public to hold the police force to account on their behalf. Voted in every four years, 37 PCC elections will take place across the country tomorrow.

Dogs at polling stations local elections 2023 (image: Chris Caulfield)Dogs at polling stations local elections 2023 (image: Chris Caulfield)
Dogs at polling stations local elections 2023 (image: Chris Caulfield)

Polls open at 7am this morning (May 2) and people can cast their ballot at any time during the day – as long as they are in their polling-station queue before they shut at 10pm.

If postal voters have forgotten to mail their ballot, or are worried it will not be delivered in time, they can hand their vote to officers at polling stations. Postal votes cannot be put in a ballot box.

In some parts of the country votes will be counted once the polls have closed but in Surrey these will be taking place Friday, May 3.

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Votes are first verified and then counted with results expected to start coming through from about 1pm in areas that are only electing a third of their councillors. Tandridge, where every seat on the council is up for grabs, is expected to declare later in the afternoon or early evening.

People in England are required to show an accepted form of photo ID when they go to vote. This could include a passport, a driver’s licence, an older or disabled person’s bus pass or a Voter Authority Certificate. The law changed in 2022 meaning voters must bring photo ID before being issued a ballot paper in polling stations.

Councils voting by thirds:

  • Elmbridge Borough Council
  • Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
  • Runnymede Borough Council
  • Woking Borough Council

Councils voting all-out

  • Tandridge District Council

Councils voting for PCC

  • Elmbridge
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • Guildford
  • Mole Valley
  • Reigate and Banstead
  • Runnymede
  • Spelthorne
  • Surrey Heath
  • Tandridge
  • Waverley
  • Woking