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2024 elections

Derbyshire Dales District Council By-Elections

By elections for the District Council Wards of Bakewell and Norbury will take place on Thursday 22 February 2024.

View the election timetable for both by-elections

View Election Notices for the Bakewell by-election

View Election notices for the Norbury by-election

Voting on Thursday 22 February 2024

Voting Method

These elections will use the First Past the Post voting method on Thursday 22 February 2024.

You need photo ID to vote in person.

The UK Government introduced a requirement in 2023 for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at all elections in England.

At these elections you will need to bring acceptable photo ID to be able to vote at a polling station. Those voting by postal vote do not need to provide ID as separate security measures are already in place for voting by post.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote at a polling station?

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving license (including provisional license)
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit The Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you have a form of accepted ID that is out of date but still looks like you, you can still use it to vote.

You must show the original version of your photo ID when voting and not a photocopy.

What if I don’t have an accepted form of photo ID?

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. If you are not registered to vote already, you can register online . The deadline to register to vote for the elections taking place on 22 February is 11:59pm on Tuesday 6 February

You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online.

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to the Electoral Services team. If you need any help applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, contact the Electoral Services team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01629 761335

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at the elections taking place on 22 February is 5pm on Wednesday 14 February, but you should apply as soon as possible in case we need to check any details with you.

What information do I need to give when I apply for a Voter Authority Certificate?

When applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, you will need to provide your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number

If you don’t know your National Insurance number, or don’t have one, you can still apply. However, we will contact you to request alternative proof of your identity.

You will also need to submit a passport type photograph with your application.

You can visit the Town Hall in Matlock if you need us to assist you with your application including the photo you need to complete the application.

What will happen at the polling station?

When you arrive at the polling station, a member of staff will

  • Ask you for your name and address so they can find you on the electoral register
  • Ask for your photo ID or Voter Authority Certificate and check it is acceptable
  • If your ID is acceptable, they will give you your ballot paper(s) and direct you to vote in a polling booth as usual

A private area will be available at the polling station, so you can choose to have your photo ID viewed in private if you like. This might be a separate room, or an area separated by a privacy screen, depending on the polling station.

Staff at the station are there to help. If you need assistance at any point, just ask.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 6 February

If you’ve never registered, have recently moved to a different address, or changed your name, register to vote online. You can also apply by completing a paper application form.

If you need help registering to vote, or want to request a paper application form, please contact the Electoral Services team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01629 761335

Are there other ways to vote?

You can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where you appoint someone to vote on your behalf).

In order to vote by post, you’ll need to complete a postal vote application form and make sure we receive it by 5pm on Wednesday 7 February.

You can now apply for a postal vote online. If you are not able to complete the online application, you can download a paper application form from the Government website. You will need your National Insurance number to hand when applying to vote by post.

In order to vote by proxy, you’ll need to complete a proxy vote application form and make sure we receive it by 5pm on Wednesday 14 February.

In some circumstances, you can now apply for a proxy vote online. If you are not able to complete the online application, you can download a proxy vote application form from the Government website. You will need your National Insurance number to hand when applying to vote by proxy.

For more information about postal and proxy voting, visit The Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Do you need support accessing your polling station?

If you have any accessibility needs when you visit your polling station, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01629 761335

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Elections for the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner can be found on the Derbyshire PCC website.

Find out more about the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner

Derby City Council is the lead authority for the Derbyshire Police Area, which is covered by eight local authorities in total:

  • Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • Erewash Borough Council
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • South Derbyshire District Council

It is expected that an election for the East Midlands Combined County Authority Mayor will also take place on Thursday 2 May 2024. Further information will appear on this page when it is available.

Voting on Thursday 2 May 2024

Voting Method

These elections will use the First Past the Post voting method on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Each local authority will count their own votes and provide their figures to Derby City Council. Once all the results are collated, they will declare who is elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and update their web page with the result.

View more information on the Derby City Council Website

How can I stand as a candidate in the PCC Election?

You must be:

  • at least 18 years old on the day of your nomination
  • British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union,
  • and registered as a local government elector with a local council within the Derbyshire Police area both at the time of your nomination and on polling day

View further information on becoming a candidate for this election on the Derby City Council website.

Prospective Candidate and Agents Briefing

Emily Feenan, the Police Area Returning Officer for Derbyshire will be hosting briefing for any prospective candidates intending to stand at the forthcoming election and their election agents. The briefings will be held at 3pm on Tuesday 12 March 2024 and Wednesday 17 April 2024 at the Council House in Derby by Teams. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending the briefing.

Nomination Process

Nominations to stand for election as a candidate for the PCC elections will be accepted by the Police Area Returning Officer at the Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS between the hours of 10am and 4pm from Wednesday 27 March until close of nominations at 4pm on Friday 5 April.

Completed nomination forms together with the required deposit must be submitted in person to the Police Area Returning Officer at the address and times stated above. Please contact Electoral Services either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment to have your nomination checked prior to formal submission.

You need photo ID to vote at elections this May.

The UK Government introduced a requirement in 2023 for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at all elections in England.

This new requirement will apply again in England at the elections taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024. In Derbyshire Dales we will have Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place and it is expected that an election for the East Midlands Combined County Authority Mayor will be held on the same day.

At these elections you will need to bring acceptable photo ID to be able to vote at a polling station. Those voting by postal vote do not need to provide ID as separate security measures are already in place for voting by post.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote at a polling station?

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (including provisional license)
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit The Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you have a form of accepted ID that is out of date but still looks like you, you can still use it to vote.

You must show the original version of your photo ID when voting and not a photocopy.

What if I don’t have an accepted form of photo ID?

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. If you are not registered to vote already, you can register online . The deadline to register to vote for the elections taking place in May is 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April.

You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online.

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to the Electoral Services team. If you need any help applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, contact the Electoral Services team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01629 761335

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at the elections taking place in May is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April, but you should apply as soon as possible in case we need to check any details with you.

What information do I need to give when I apply for a Voter Authority Certificate?

When applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, you will need to provide your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number

If you don’t know your National Insurance number, or don’t have one, you can still apply. However, we will contact you to request alternative proof of your identity.

You will also need to submit a passport type photograph with your application.

You can visit the Town Hall in Matlock if you need us to assist you with your application including the photo you need to complete the application.

What will happen at the polling station?

When you arrive at the polling station, a member of staff will

  • Ask you for your name and address so they can find you on the electoral register
  • Ask for your photo ID or Voter Authority Certificate and check it is acceptable
  • If your ID is acceptable, they will give you your ballot paper(s) and direct you to vote in a polling booth as usual

A private area will be available at the polling station, so you can choose to have your photo ID viewed in private if you like. This might be a separate room, or an area separated by a privacy screen, depending on the polling station.

Staff at the station are there to help. If you need assistance at any point, just ask.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April.

If you’ve never registered, have recently moved to a different address, or changed your name, register to vote online. You can also apply by completing a paper application form.

If you need help registering to vote, or want to request a paper application form, please contact the Electoral Services team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01629 761335

Are there other ways to vote?

You can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where you appoint someone to vote on your behalf).

In order to vote by post, you’ll need to complete a postal vote application form and make sure we receive it by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April.

You can now apply for a postal vote online. If you are not able to complete the online application, you can download a paper application form from the Government website. You will need your National Insurance number to hand when applying to vote by post.

In order to vote by proxy, you’ll need to complete a proxy vote application form and make sure we receive it by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

In some circumstances, you can now apply for a proxy vote online. If you are not able to complete the online application, you can download a proxy vote application form from the Government website. You will need your National Insurance number to hand when applying to vote by proxy.

For more information about postal and proxy voting, visit The Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Do you need support accessing your polling station?

If you have any accessibility needs when you visit your polling station, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01629 761335

Past elections

View most recent elections are shown on the election results page.

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