Renfrewshire Council

UK General Election 2024

Information for Renfrewshire residents on the UK General Election 2024, when the vote is, who can vote, how to register to vote, voter ID, changes to electoral boundaries, how to vote, and results.

A UK General Election takes place every 5 years, or earlier, with the maximum term of a Parliament being 5 years from the day it first met.

Renfrewshire elects 2 Members of Parliament (MPs) for the constituencies of:

  • Paisley and Renfrewshire North
  • Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

At the last election in 2019, the Scottish National Party (SNP) secured both seats.

The current elected MP for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency is Gavin Newlands.

The current elected MP for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency is Mhairi Black.

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When the vote is

The UK General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Voting will take place between 7am and 10pm on this date.

See the  notice of election for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency. [110KB]

See the notice of election for the Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency. [111KB]


Results

The counting of all votes will begin at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley immediately after polling closes, with the results expected to be announced in the early hours of the following day.


Who can vote

To vote in the election for the UK Parliament, you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be aged 18 or over on the day of the election (Polling Day)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK or Gibraltar, or living abroad and registered as an overseas voter
  • not be legally excluded from voting - prisoners serving a sentence for a conviction cannot vote.

How to register to vote

You need to make sure you are on the electoral roll to vote in the election.

If you've never voted before, have moved house, or changed your name recently, you will need to register to be able to vote.

You can register to vote online to make sure you can vote in this election and future elections.

The deadline to register to vote in the UK General Election is Tuesday 18 June 2024.


Voter ID

You will need to bring photo identification to the polling station to cast your vote in the UK General Election 2024.

The name on your photo identification should be the same names that you used to register to vote.

Acceptable photo identification includes:

  • passport
  • driving licence, including provisional licences
  • Scottish National Entitlement card - issued for concessionary travel
  • Blue Badge
  • identity card with PASS mark
  • Young Scot card
  • biometric immigration document
  • defence identity card
  • Voter Authority Certificate.

See the full list of accepted forms of photo identification on the Electoral Commission website by selecting 'Your location' as 'Scotland'.

You only need to show one form of identification, but it needs to be the original and not a photocopy or digital version.

Your photo identification does not need to specify your gender.

Your identification can be expired, as long as you still look like the photo.


How to apply for a free voter ID

If you do not have an accepted form of identification, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a certificate. You can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate during the registration process.

You can get a paper application form from the Electoral Registration Office at:

The Robertson Centre
16 Glasgow Road
Paisley
PA1 3QF

Send your completed form back to them by post.

To apply, you should provide:

  • your name
  • a recent photograph of yourself
  • date of birth
  • address
  • national insurance number.

If do not know your national insurance number, you can still apply, but the Electoral Registration Office will contact you to ask for a different proof of your identity.


How to vote in person at a polling station

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day.

You can find details of your polling station on your poll card letter. You should check where the station is located, as this may have changed since you last voted.

You do not need your poll card letter to vote, but it saves time at the polling station if you take it with you.

When you arrive at your polling station, you will be asked for your name, address and your photo identification. If you wish to do this in private, please let a member of polling staff know and they will arrange this for you.

You will need to remove any face coverings, including veils or masks, when your photo identification is checked. This can be done in private, outside, and by a member of staff of the same gender if this would make you feel more comfortable.

Your photo identification is checked for your name only and no other reason.

Once polling staff are satisfied with your photo identification, they will provide you with your ballot paper to allow you to vote.


How to vote by post

If you're not able to vote in person on polling day, you can apply to vote by post.

You need to register in advance for a postal vote.

Register for a postal vote.

The deadline to register for a postal vote or to make changes to an existing postal vote for the UK General Election is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

Once you receive your postal vote, you should fill it out and return it as quickly as possible.

The earliest that postal votes will be sent to applicants is from Wednesday 19 June.

There are some changes to how postal votes can be handled for this election, including:

  • a ban on political campaigners handling postal votes, except where the postal vote is their own, that of a close family member or someone that they provide regular care for
  • a person can hand in a maximum of 6 postal votes at polling stations or council offices, but must include their own postal vote in this number
  • any person who hands in postal votes at polling stations or council offices will be required to complete a form.

How to vote by proxy

If you're not able to vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.

A person can be your proxy if they have registered to vote in the election.

The person you have appointed as your proxy will need to go to your allocated polling station to cast your vote.

You need to register in advance for a proxy vote.

Register for a proxy vote.

The deadline to register for a proxy vote for the UK General Election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

You should send your completed applications to the Electoral Registration Office at:

The Robertson Centre
16 Glasgow Road
Paisley
PA1 3QF

A person can be a proxy for either:

  • up to 2 people
  • up to 4 people, if at least 2 of these people are registered to vote from abroad.

A proxy must bring their own photo identification when voting on your behalf.

If you appoint a proxy, you can still vote at your polling station as long as your trusted person has not already voted on your behalf or arranged a postal vote.

For any questions, contact the Electoral Registration Office:


Postal proxy vote

If your proxy can't get to the polling station, they can apply to vote on your behalf by post. This is called a postal proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal proxy vote in the UK General Election is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

They will need to contact the Electoral Registration Office to request a further application form:


Emergency proxy vote

If you have an emergency that means you can't vote in person and the proxy vote deadline has passed, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy.

Circumstances where you can apply for an emergency proxy include:

  • you have a medical emergency
  • you are away for work
  • your photo ID is lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged after the deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate has passed.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy must be made to the Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on polling day.

You can contact the Electoral Registration Office by: 


Changes to electoral boundaries

There are 2 UK Parliamentary constituencies within Renfrewshire:

  • Paisley and Renfrewshire North
  • Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

There have been some changes to boundaries for these constituencies, following a review by the Boundary Commission.

There are 6 new polling places in Cardonald as part of the Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency.

Voters from Bridge of Weir and Houston will now be covered by the Inverclyde and Renfrewshire West constituency. This will be administered by Inverclyde Council, but the polling stations will not change.

See the UK Parliamentary electoral boundaries in Renfrewshire.


Who is standing for election

Renfrewshire will elect 2 MPs for the constituencies of Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Paisley and Renfrewshire South.

These candidates are standing in the UK General Election 2024:

Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency

Jen Bell, Scottish Greens

David McGonigle, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Gavin Andrew Stuart Newlands, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Andrew Scott, Reform UK

Alison Suzanne Watt Taylor, Scottish Labour Party

Grant Toghill, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency

Johanna Baxter, Scottish Labour Party

Athol Bond, Scottish Greens

Jacqueline Cameron, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Jack William George Clark, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alec Leishman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Paul Mack

Jim McIlroy, Reform UK

Mark Niven Turnbull, Freedom Alliance.