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Elections 2024: Everything Harrow residents need to know

Today, 2 May, Londoners will head to the polls for the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections.

To help voters prepare, the London Borough of Harrow has compiled a comprehensive guide detailing all the essential information needed to cast your vote.

Voter ID

If voting in person on 2 May, for the first time, Brent and Harrow voters will need to show photo ID at the polling station. There are several accepted forms of ID, including:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Multiple concessionary travel passes
  • PASS card (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Blue badge
  • Voter Authority Certificate

You can vote using an expired ID as long as your photo is still recognisable, but it must be an approved type of ID. Without any ID, you will not be able to vote.

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Postal voting

If voting by post, Harrow Council must receive your postal vote by the time the polls close on 2 May for it to be counted.

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

From 2 May, for the first time, there will be a limit on how many postal votes you can hand in at a local polling station. You will be only able to hand in your own postal vote, and the postal votes of up to five other people.

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

Polling station

There are 129 polling station across Harrow. Yours will be at a short walking distance from you. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 2 May.

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 do not need to bring your polling letter with you to the polling station, but it does make it easier for the polling station staff to find you on the electoral register if you do.

Kim Wright, Constituency Returning Officer for Brent and Harrow and Chief Executive of Brent Council, said: “There is not long to go until the elections on 2 May. Remember, this is the first year that Brent and Harrow voters will be required to bring photo ID with them to the polling station so it is really important that we all spread the word.

“Please take the time now to find an approved form of photo ID and check where your polling station is or, if voting by post, complete your postal vote and return this to us in plenty of time.

“The Mayor of London and London Assembly make important decisions about how the capital is run, so please do take the time to vote and help shape your city. Your vote matters, don’t lose it!”

Find out more about the upcoming elections at www.harrow.gov.uk/elections

For additional help, Harrow Council’s website features a frequently asked questions section at the bottom of their election guide page, accessible via this link.