The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. The new requirement will apply for the first time in England at local, town and parish elections on Thursday 4th May 2023. You will need to produce an accepted form of photo ID in order to vote in May's election.
Many may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. Any of the following can be used; passport, driving licence (including provisional), blue badge, certain concessionary travel cards, identity card with PASS mark, biometric immigration document, defence identity card and certain national identity cards. For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted visit here or call 0800 328 0280.
If you do not already have an accepted form of photo ID you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate through www.voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk CWaC Democratic Services.
This is a very important and significant change to voting in England. There will be several national and local campaigns launched to highlight the need to take photo ID to polling stations. All parish residents should also receive further information from CWaC through the post from mid-March.
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