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Photo ID needed to vote in person this May

14th March 2023 @ 6:06am – by CE
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Memo to self — remember to bring photo ID to vote in person this May

Don't forget that you need photo ID to vote at polling stations at local elections this May.

You might want to stick a post-it note on your fridge to remind you. For the first time, in elections across England on 4 May, approved photographic ID will need to be shown to vote in person.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking via the Electoral Commission website EEA or Commonwealth passport; UK or EEA driver's 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. Please note that a Commonwealth drivers' licence is not acceptable.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online via the website"

Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May, must also be registered to vote. If you are not sure whether you are already registered to vote, call 0300 123 5016 to check. You do not need to reapply to register to vote if you are already registered.

If you are not already registered, it only takes five minutes to register online at: click here. Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID, should first make sure they are registered to vote.

Alternatively, eligible voters can vote by post. It is easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website click here.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station is a new requirement, introduced by the UK government's Elections Act 2022, which comes into effect for the first time this May.

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