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2023 local elections - Notice of Election published

Local elections take place on 4 May 2023. You now need photo ID to vote at a polling station.

Published: Tuesday, 21st March 2023

On 4 May 2023 voters in the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will go to the polls to elect their Borough and Parish Councillors.

The Notices of Election for the Borough and Parish Council elections have been published today, Tuesday 21 March 2023. The notices can be found at

Polling Stations will open from 7.00am to 10.00pm during which time the electorate will have the opportunity to cast their votes.

The Electoral Services team at the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk is urging everyone to make sure they make their vote count on 4 May 2023 by checking that they are registered to vote. Anyone whose name is not included on the Register of Electors has until Monday, 17 April 2023 to apply.

For the first time, residents in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will need to show photographic ID to vote at the polling station at this year’s local elections. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID is able to apply for free ID online at or by completing a paper form by 5pm on 25 April 2023.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at

Anyone not able to vote in person can apply for a postal or proxy vote. The deadline for new postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023. Changes or cancellations to existing postal, postal proxy or proxy votes is 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April 2023.

The deadline for receipt of new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxy) at this election is 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April 2023.

The deadline for receipt of emergency applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons after the above deadline is 5pm on Thursday, 4 May 2023.

Please contact Electoral Services on (01553) 616773 for more information.

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