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May 2024 local elections – don’t forget your photo ID!

Wed 10 Apr 2024

In order to vote in the local elections in England and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales on May 2, you need an original version of accepted ID.

Last year, the government introduced a new condition for elections, which now requires individuals to show photo ID when voting at polling stations.

In order to vote in the local elections in England and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales on May 2, you need an original version of accepted ID.

Sarah Russell, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Headway - the brain injury association, said:

“We are urging you to check that you have the proper ID to safeguard your democratic right to vote. 

Accepted forms of ID include a UK driving licence, certain passports or a blue badge. A full list of accepted forms of ID can be found on the Electoral Commission website.”

If you do not have any form of ID listed, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the local elections in England on May 2, is 5pm on Wednesday, April 24. More information about this is available online.

You can also apply to vote by post. You do not need to provide voter ID to vote by post, as there are other identification checks for this process. You can find information about voting by post on the gov.uk website and must apply for a postal vote by 5pm on Wednesday, April 17.

Alternatively, if you know that you won’t be able to get to the polling station on the day, you can ask someone you trust to vote for you by proxy. You can find information about voting by proxy on the gov.uk website and must apply for a proxy vote for the elections by 5pm on Wednesday, April 24.

For more information on voting, please visit the Electoral Commission website here.

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