For the first time, residents in North Lincolnshire will need to show photo ID to vote at this year’s local elections.
Accepted forms of ID include:
- Driving licences
- Cards with a PASS mark
- Certain travel cards
The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission website.
Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate before the 25 April deadline.
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance, said:
“Anyone voting at a polling station in England this May 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. You can find information about the new requirement and what to expect at the polling station on the Electoral Commission’s website.”
Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online and the deadline is 17 April.
The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act which was passed last year and comes into effect for the first time this May.
- 17 April at 11.59pm: deadline to register to vote
- 18 April at 11.59pm: deadline to apply for a postal vote
- 25 April at 5pm: deadline to apply for a proxy vote
- 25 April at 5pm: deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate