Changes are coming to local elections this year following the introduction of the Elections Act 2022.
The biggest change is the introduction of Voter ID for the May 2023 elections.
Voters will have to show photo ID at their polling station in order to cast their vote.
Practically any photo ID will do from passports and driving licenses to bus passes. It won’t even need to be in date so long as the photo is still a reasonable likeness.
Voter Authority Certificate
If you do not have any acceptable photo ID, and want to vote at the polling station, you will need to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. This can be done now so you have it sorted ready for the elections on 4 May 2023.
This can be done online until 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023 ready for the May 2023 election.
Voters who do not produce a Voter Authority Certificate, or valid photo identification will not be allowed to vote on the day.
Alternatively, you can access a paper copy of the application form either from the Electoral Commission website or by contacting the elections team by at
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 01992 564411
If you are registered to vote by post, the Voter ID requirements don’t apply.
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