Want to VOTE? Voter ID

Local elections coming up soon. Get ready!

Voters need to prepare themselves for the new requirements that apply to the next round of local elections.

Voter ID requirement

From 4th May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This applies to:

  • Local elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to future UK General elections.

Hold on! I don’t have a current driving licence or passport!

You can still use your photo ID if it’s out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

There are also a variety of accepted photo ID documents to use other than passports and driving licences.

For the full list of acceptable documents see:

Nope – Don’t have one of those!

If you don’t have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

If you want to apply click the next button:

But what if I vote anonymously?

If you’re registered to vote anonymously and want to vote in person, you’ll need to apply for an Anonymous Elector’s Document.

To Find out more see:

What’s the deadline?

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the local elections in England on 4th May 2023 is 5pm on Tuesday 25th April 2023.

And when it comes to vote – don’t forget!

PAYadvice.UK 14/4/2023

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