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Electoral Services - Table of Contents

The next scheduled elections taking place in Fareham will be both the local and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which are due to take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Information on Voter ID requirements next time you vote can be found below.


Voter ID

Annual canvass

Casual vacancies

Contact us

Elected members (Local Councillors and MPs)

Election results

Elections employment opportunities

Electoral registration and voting

Local Government Boundary Review

Open Register

Other useful contacts


Register to vote External Hyperlink

Standing for election

Wards and boundaries

Voter Identification

The next scheduled elections in Fareham are due to take place on Thursday 2 May 2024. 

From May 2023, voters who wish to vote in person will be required to show an accepted form of photographic identification at a polling station before being issued with a ballot paper.  Please note that you will not be required to provide photographic identification for postal voting.

The requirement to show voter id applies at local council elections, police and crime commissioner elections and parliamentary by-elections.  From 5 October 2023, voters will need to show photo id at UK Parliamentary General Elections.

Which forms of ID are acceptable?

Expired photographic identification document can still be used as accepted photo id at the polling station, as long as the photograph is still a good likeness to you.

If you are a registered elector and you do not have one of the above accepted forms of photo id, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.  This is a free A4 sized paper document containing an elector's name and photograph which can be used for electoral identification purposes only.

Why aren't other forms of photo ID accepted?

The law specifies the types of documents that are accepted forms of ID.  These have been decided by the UK Government.

How do I apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, as I do not have any of the accepted forms of photo ID?

Electors without suitable photographic identification can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in person, by post or online.  The quickest and easiest way to apply is online via the website External Hyperlink.  If you would prefer to apply in person, please contact the Elections team on 01329 824588 where an appointment can be made at the Civic Offices.  If applying in person, there is no need for you to supply a photograph as we will take a photograph for your certificate, however you will need to ensure that you bring your National Insurance Number with you.

A Voter Authority Certificate is a free paper-based A4 document, which will show the voter's full name and photograph, the issuing local council, a reference number, the date of issue and a recommended renewal date.

How does this impact voting by post or proxy?

Voters do not need to show photo ID in order to apply to vote by post or proxy.  The proxy will, however, need to show their own photo ID at the polling station.

Additional information on Voter ID can be found on the Electoral Commission's website External Hyperlink.


Annual Canvass

All households in Fareham are sent correspondence every summer to check the electoral register is correct for that address. We have to send this each year by law and there is usually a legal requirement to respond. Details of what to do and how to respond are on your form. The easiest and quickest way to respond is online at External Hyperlink (you will need to enter the security codes from your form).

If a household does not respond when required, an authorised electoral canvasser will visit the property to confirm details (even if they remain unchanged). This process is also required by law.

Prior to the canvass documentation being produced, we carry out a data match exercise with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  The purpose of this exercise is to help us to identify properties where residents may have changed.  This information is then used to determine the route we will use to canvass each property:

Route 1 is the matched property route - this is where we are satisfied that there are no changes needed at the property and we have no reason to believe that there are any additional electors to be added.  Properties that are allocated to this route will receive a Canvass Communication A letter (A4 letter), listing those registered to vote at the property.  If you have received this letter, you only need to respond if there are any changes.  If you do need to make any changes, please follow the instructions on the letter.

Route 2 is the unmatched property route - this is where we have been unable to match the electors 100%.  Properties that are allocated to this route will receive a Canvass Form (A3 form), listing those registered to vote at the property.  If you have received this form, you must respond even if there are no changes.  To respond, please follow the instructions on the form.

Canvass letters and forms are being posted at the end of July.  If you need to respond to either make us aware of any changes (route 1 and route 2) or to confirm there are no changes (route 2) please do so as soon as possible.

With effect from Friday 22 September, our team of canvassers will start to visit route 2 properties who have not yet responded to their canvass form.  All canvassers will be wearing official identification which will be shown when introducing themselves.  They will also be equipped with a tablet allowing them to quickly and securely confim or amend householder details in just a few minutes.  If the canvasser misses you when they visit, wherever possible they will leave a calling card which gives detailed instructions on how to respond (online, by post, by email or by telephoning the elections team on 01329 824588).

Casual Vacancies

If a councillor leaves their seat during the course of their term, a casual vacancy occurs. This could be due to: the resignation of a councillor; the death of a councillor; the disqualification (or ceasing to be qualified) of a councillor; a failure to take up office.

There are not currently any casual vacancies.


Contact Details

Tel: 01329 824588

Election Services, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7AZ

Monday to Thursday 8.45am-5.15pm

Friday 8.45am-4.45pm


Elected members (local councillors, county councillors and members of parliament)


Election Results


Elections employment opportunities

The Returning Officer for Fareham needs people to carry out various duties at election time which is nearly always the first Thursday in May. This may involve working at a polling station which is open from 7am to 10pm, opening postal votes or counting ballot papers.  

Please note there are no scheduled elections taking place in Fareham until May 2024.

Job Descriptions

If you are at least 18 years old and interested in working for us at election time please complete an Application Form for Election Duties


Electoral registration and voting

It is important that you know if you are eligible to vote and if you are to make sure you are registered to vote at your address. If you have moved house you need to Register to Vote External Hyperlink, even if you pay Council Tax at your new property, because nobody is automatically registered to vote. Registering is easy - you can register online or you can call the elections office for a paper form to be posted to you. You will need your national insurance number, date of birth and address. Please follow the links below to find out more:

(all application forms can be scanned and e-mailed to us or posted)

The electoral register is updated every month and these updates are also sent to credit reference agencies once a month. There are cut-off dates listed below so you can see the deadlines that apply to each monthly update. Most applications go through without needing evidence of identity (this is done via your national insurance number and date of birth) but sometimes ID is needed and you will be notified in writing if this applies to you.

Once your application has been accepted and no-one has objected to your application you will appear on the electoral register on the next publication date. You will be notified in writing when this happens. Please note that in the run up to an election, you will only be able to vote in that election if your name has been added to the register at least 12 working days before the election. The monthly register publication dates are:

To appear on this month's register (publication date): You must have applied to register to vote by this date (conditions apply):
Friday 1 December 2023 Wednesday 22 November 2023
Tuesday 2 January 2024 Monday 11 December 2023
Thursday 1 February 2024 Wednesday 10 January 2024
Friday 1 March 2024 Thursday 8 February 2024
Tuesday 2 April 2024 Monday 11 March 2024
Friday 5 April 2024 Monday 25 March 2024
Thursday 25 April 2024 Tuesday 16 April 2024
Monday 3 June 2024 Friday 10 May 2024
Monday 1 July 2024 Friday 7 June 2024
Thursday 1 August 2024 Wednesday 10 July 2024
Monday 2 September 2024 Friday 9 August 2024
Tuesday 1 October 2024 Monday 9 September 2024
Friday 1 November 2024 Thursday 10 October 2024
Sunday 1 December 2024 Thursday 21 November 2024
Thursday 2 January 2025 Wednesday 11 December 2024

Electoral register

There are two versions of the register - the full register and the open register. The full register is strictly controlled and can only be used for elections, detecting crime such as fraud, calling people for jury service and credit referencing. The open register is optional so you can choose not to be on it. The open register can be sold on to third parties such as businesses and charities. If you chose not to be on the open register your right to vote will not be affected. To check if you are on the open register or to opt-out please contact the elections office. You will need to opt-out again if you ever need to re-register such as when you move home.


Open Register

The Open Register is the version of the electoral register that can be sold on to third parties (such as marketing companies). It only contains names and addresses (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are never included). Most voters are automatically included in the open register unless you have opted out. Opting out of the open register does not affect your right to vote or credit score. To check your current status or to opt out simply call the Elections team on 01329 824588 or e-mail and we will be happy to help.

Please be aware that political parties and election candidates still have access to your name and address, and whether you have a postal vote, even if you have opted out of the open register. This is legal entitlement and not something you can opt out of. Parties and candidates are restricted by law to only use your details for election purposes (e.g. campaigning) and cannot pass your details on to a third party.

Other useful contacts

Privacy Notice

Electoral Services will only use your information for electoral purposes and it will be kept secure in accordance with data protection legislation. The lawful basis to collect your information is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and exercise of official authority as vested in the Electoral Registration Officer as set out in the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations. The Electoral Registration Officer is the Data Controller: Andrew Wannell, Civic Offices, Fareham, Hants, PO16 7AZ, tel 01329 236100. Please see the Fareham Borough Council Privacy Notice for further information relating to the processing of personal data.

Register to vote

Click here to register to vote External Hyperlink. You will need your date of birth and national insurance number and it only takes around 3 minutes. To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. You can find more information about this here External Hyperlink.


Standing for election

Candidate Guidance

If you are interested in standing for election, you can find all the important guidance and paperwork you will need at External Hyperlink.  

Please note that there are no scheduled elections taking place in Fareham until May 2024.


Wards and Ward Boundaries




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