Voter ID and the UK General Election 

As you might already know, the next UK general election is on Thursday 4th July 2024 and the deadline to register to vote is 18 June. 

At a UK general election people can vote for who they want to be their MP. The person elected will represent their constituency in the House of Commons for up to 5 years. 

There will be a lot of information about political parties, candidates and the UK Parliament on social media and the news in the coming weeks.  

One thing you might have heard of but might be unsure about is the new voter ID.  

There is a new rule that requires voters to show photo ID when they vote at polling stations. This only applies to UK General Elections, and you will not need photo ID for Scottish Parliament elections or local Council elections. This will be the first time in Scotland that you will need to bring along voter ID to vote.  

As part of our Connecting Equalities project we have made a handy guide with everything you need to know for the upcoming election, from how to register to vote to definitions of words and phrases you might hear in the coming weeks.  

You can download the booklet here: Voter ID and the UK General Election  

Or you can download a 2-page A4 guide on Voter ID here: Voter ID in UK elections  

You can also download our What’s important to you? – The UK General Election resource which takes you through the practical steps you need to take to be able to take part in an election and things to think about before you to go the ballot box.

We hope you find them useful! 


Connecting Equalities is a Scottish Government funded project for Equalities and Human Rights. We work alongside diverse groups of older people connecting their everyday experiences to rights and equalities to help shape what matters to them for a good life.