Photo ID required to cast vote at local elections - The Solihull Observer

Photo ID required to cast vote at local elections

Solihull Editorial 18th Jan, 2023   0

SILHILLIANS will need to show photo ID to vote in local elections in May.

This requirement comes into force for the first time since the Elections Act was passed.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote on May 4 by checking they have an accepted form of photo ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth 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.

Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance, said: “Anyone voting at a polling station in England this May will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper.

“It’s important that everyone understands what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it.

“You can find information about the new requirement and what to expect at the polling station on the Electoral Commission’s website.”

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

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 and when to apply for the free ID click here.

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