At these local elections in May 2023 voters will asked to show photo ID before getting their ballot paper.
Ahead of the polls, councils are telling residents of the big change so they can turn up at the polling booth prepared. At the moment, voters are asked to just take their ballot card with them,
but they don''t even need that as their names will be on a list. They have never before been required to show any form of identity.
Changes introduced as part of the Elections Act come into force in this election. Anyone who doesn't have any form of photo ID is being asked to apply for one now from their local council.
Accepted IDs include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA), or Commonwealth passport or driver's licence, some concessionary travel passes such as an older person's bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.
Voters will be able to use an expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID.
“Now that the law has changed, it is vital that those who want to vote on May 4th make sure they have an accepted form of ID. This applies to everyone voting at a polling station,
so please consider getting ready now and avoid any late rush.
“If you don't already have one of the accepted forms of ID, you can apply for free ID either online or by sending in a paper application form. If you need any help, please just contact
the Electoral Services team at your council who will support you.”
Ailsa Irvine, from the Electoral Commission, 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.
Cotswold DC on voter Id.
Detail of all UK 2023 elections.
Map of Campden and Vale District (Although not marked, Willersey is just beneath Saintbury.)