Are you election ready? Deadline for free voter ID applications is 25 April

Council News
12:14, Wednesday, 19th April 2023

People across North Lincolnshire are being urged to apply for free voter ID ahead of the deadline at 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Local elections take place on 4 May and are an important opportunity for residents to have their say on who represents them and makes decisions about issues that directly affect day-to-day life.

In North Lincolnshire a total of 43 seats are up for election, across 19 electoral wards.

A further nine Town and Parish elections are also taking place, which will see councillors operating at a more local level elected.

For the first time, voters will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper at the local elections.

Accepted forms of ID include:

• UK, European and Commonwealth passports
• UK or European drivers’ licences
• Some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a free Voter Authority Certificate via the Electoral Commission website.

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.

Alternatively, residents can contact the election services team to request a Voter Authority Certificate application form by emailing elections@northlincs.gov.uk or calling 01724 296245.

People can also visit Church Square House in Scunthorpe, where staff can take their picture for the Voter Authority Certificate and process the application form for them.

Those that have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply.

To find out more about the local elections in North Lincolnshire visit the dedicated page on our website.