Police & Crime Commissioner and City Council elections will be held on Thursday 2 May 2024.

The Police & Crime Commissioner will be elected for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight police area and one third of Portsmouth City Council’s seats will be up for re-election; one seat in each of the city’s 14 wards.

The elections will take place on Thursday 2 May and polling stations will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

You now need photo id when voting at a polling station

The government is introducing new rules that require all voters to show photo id when voting at a polling station. Find out more on our Voter ID page.

Registering to vote or applying for a postal vote

You must be included on the electoral register to be able to vote at these elections. If you are not registered to vote, you can apply online on the.gov website.

The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Tuesday 16 April.

If you are unable to vote in person at these elections, you can vote by post. Anyone can vote by post; you don’t need to have a special reason. If you wish to apply for a postal vote, we must receive your application by 5.00pm Wednesday 17 April. Follow the link for further details on how to vote by post.

Alternatively, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf as a proxy. If you wish to appoint a proxy, the deadline for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 24 April. Follow the link for further details how to vote by proxy.

If you hand deliver your postal vote

If you are unable to return your postal vote by Royal Mail, you can deliver it to a polling station or the Civic Offices. If you hand deliver your postal vote, you must complete a form when handing it in. You must not return your postal vote in the Civic Offices post box. If you do not complete a return form when you hand deliver you postal vote, it will be rejected. Go to voting by post for more information.

Questions or concerns

If you have any questions concerning the above issues, or about elections or voting, please contact the Election Services Office by email at elections@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or by phone on 023 9283 4074.