Remember to bring your photo ID on election day

Council News
11:26, Thursday, 4th May 2023

Residents in North Lincolnshire are being urged to remember their ID when they go to vote on Thursday 4 May.

For the first time, voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations before they can receive their ballot paper.

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 new free Voter Authority Certificate

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.

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 the election of councillors operating at a more local level.

At a polling station voters will be required to present ID and for it to be checked by staff. A private area will be available at the polling station so a voter can choose to have their photo ID viewed in private if they like.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission, said:

“Anyone voting at a polling station in England will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. Before you head to the polling station on Thursday, don’t forget to check your bag, wallet, or pocket to make sure you have the ID you need to vote.

“If a voter has concerns about showing their face at a polling station, because they wear a face covering for example, they can ask to have their ID checked in private. They won’t need to give a reason for their request or explain why they’d prefer privacy. Staff will be trained to handle requests for ID to be checked in private, discreetly and with courtesy.”

Anyone that would like further information about what to expect at a polling station can email: elections@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 296245.

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