General election 2024

The General Election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. Results have been declared.


UK Parliamentary General Election - Thursday 4 July 2024 

Information for Candidates and Agents

Due to the short election timetable we advise all potential candidates and agents to contact the Electoral Services Team on ro@rbwm.gov.uk  or 07773 959296 for further information.

  • Nomination packs can be found online.

You can find more information about standing as a candidate or an agent at a UK Parliamentary election candidate on the Electoral Commissions website

The nominations period will open at 10am on Tuesday 4 June 2024 and will close at 4pm on Friday 7 June 2024 and last date for withdrawal of candidature is no later than 4pm Friday 7 June 2024.

Submissions will be by appointment only.  When you make contact with us we will send out our information sheet which includes details on how to make an appointment.

Statutory notices and significant dates within the timetable are detailed below:

  • Notice of Election to be published by 4pm Monday 3 June 2024.
  • Statement of Persons Nominated to be published 5pm on Friday 7 June.
  • Notice of Election Agents to be published 5pm on Friday 7 June 2024.  A revised version of the notice of election agents published on Monday 1 July 2024. 
  • Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations to be published 5pm Friday 7 June 2024.

Maidenhead Constituency

Windsor Constituency

Significant dates for candidates and electors

Last day for applications to be included on the register of electors in order to vote in the election is midnight on Tuesday 18 June 2024.  Applications can be made online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Last day for requests for a new postal vote or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024. New postal applications can be made online at gov.uk/apply-postal-vote 

Last day to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024. You can apply online.

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy (except for emergencies) is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024. Applications can be made online at gov.uk/apply-proxy-vote.

Last day for new applications to vote by proxy on grounds of medical emergency, reason of employment or due to photographic ID being lost, stolen or damaged is 5pm on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Voting in person

Polling day is Thursday 4 July 2024 and the polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. If there is a queue at 10pm you will still be able to vote as long as you joined the queue before 10pm.

The results will be published as soon as we are able to after the declaration of the result.  

If you had a postal vote in place by Monday 3 June 2024 your pack should be in the initial batch of postal ballots and will be posted out on Tuesday 18 June 2024. If you applied to vote by post after this date or your application or it was not approved by Monday 3 June your postal ballot will be sent out between Saturday 22 June and Thursday 27 June.

Further information about Voter ID, registration and ways to vote are on on our Ways to vote page.

Postal and proxy voting

We know postal voters are keen to know when their UK Parliamentary general election ballot pack will arrive. This will depend on:

  • if your application had all the information required
  • your identity was automatically verified
  • if you were already registered to vote
  • when your application was processed
  • how long post takes to be delivered to you – particularly if you are an overseas voter.

Existing postal voters plus new applications processed by 3 June 2024.
Your postal vote pack was sent out on 14 June if you are an overseas elector or 17 June if you live in the UK. 

Applications processed by 16 June 2024 (providing you were on the electoral register by that date)
Your postal vote pack was sent out on 25 June. 

Applications made and verified after 17 June and for those electors who made late registration applications and were not on the electoral register until 27 June 
Your postal vote pack was sent out on 27 or 28 June. 

Why aren’t postal votes sent out as soon as an application comes in?
Candidate nominations closed at 16:00 on Friday 7 June, so ballot papers could only be finalised and sent to print after that.

Due to the short notice for the 4 July UK Parliamentary General Election, specialist election printers and Royal Mail are working at capacity to print and deliver over 8 million postal votes across the UK. 

It’s a complicated process, with personalised postal vote statements matched with the correct ballot paper. There is also a need to produce personalised envelopes and instruction sheets. We also need to carry out crucial security checks which add to the time needed to prepare and send votes out.

Postal votes for overseas electors had an early priority because of the extra time it takes for international mail to be delivered and returned, but this was only possible for those overseas electors that were already registered to vote.  Those that made electoral registration applications when the election was announced and also need to to put a postal vote or proxy vote application in as well were not sent out as early as we would have liked due to the time it takes to verify registration applications and the fact that once verified you are not actually registered until a certain point in the election timetable and therefore we cannot confirm and produce the postal vote pack until that point. 

What if I’m going on holiday before my vote is likely to arrive?
If you applied for a postal vote and don’t think you’ll be home to return it by post on Thursday 4 July, you can drop your completed postal vote pack in to your polling station. You must complete a form when you hand it in.

What if my postal ballot has not arrived or if I have spoilt it?
If you have spoilt the pack then please call 01628 683868 to get some advice as your original pack may be recoverable depending on what you think you have done to spoil it.

If your pack has not arrived then please call 01628 683868 and then we can see when we believe your pack was sent out and if it was in the first batch then we can do a re-issue for you from 28 June, if your pack was sent out in later batches then we would recommend you wait until Monday 30 June to ensure it has not arrived.  Re-issues are done from the Town Hall in Maidenhead and depending on when you contact us there is the option of reposting it or for you to collect it.  If you collect it in person then you will need to bring photographic ID with you so we can ensure we are giving the pack to the correct person, or if you are unable to do this in person you can send someone to do this but should send a signed authority letter with them.  As we are extremely busy with preparations for polling day and the election count we would appreciate an appointment being made and we would like to note that you may have up to a 30 minute wait. After 5pm on Wednesday 3 July you must collect the pack in person.

Why have I received two packs?
We have noticed that a number of electors have made duplicate registration applications and postal vote applications and these have caused amendments to records.  Those who had postal votes in place and have made name changes or changes to where the postal vote pack is to be sent have had their postal votes data modified and the original pack was cancelled in the system and a new pack issued. If you have already returned a pack and a second one arrives then you should also complete the second pack and return it as the first pack will have been rejected.

Electoral services : Contact details

For more information, please contact us by:

Electoral Services - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683868