Don’t forget! You need voter ID for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in May

Council News
12:25, Wednesday, 13th March 2024

The Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner election is taking place in North Lincolnshire on Thursday 2 May 2024.

As in the previous local council election, you will need photographic identification in order to vote.

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

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID online on the Government website.

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.

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 to apply for the free ID.

Jackie Killeen, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance, said: “Anyone voting at a polling station 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.”

Anyone who wants to have their say in the election this May must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station was introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act and came into effect for the first time in May 2023.

Important dates:

  • Deadline to apply to register to vote – 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 April
  • Deadline to apply to vote by post, by postal proxy, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes – 5pm on Wednesday 17 April
  • Deadline for new proxy vote applications – 5pm on Wednesday 24 April
  • Deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (voter ID) – 5pm on Wednesday 24 April
  • Polling Day for Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner election – 7am to 10pm on Thursday 2 May
  • Count of ballot papers – 10am onwards on 3 May