RESIDENTS in Stratford district will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections.
This is the first year photo ID has been required and residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.
Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport, a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence, and some concessionary travel passes – such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.
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 will be able to apply for free ID online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by completing a paper form.
The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement.
A spokesperson from Stratford District Council said: “With district and parish elections taking place in Stratford District area on May 4, it is important that those people who want to vote make sure they have an accepted form of ID to take with them to the polling station. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to vote in May.
“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending this to SDC’s Elections Team. If you need any help with applying online for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the Elections hotline at 01789 260208. Alternatively, electors can apply for a postal vote as Voter ID is not required for this. Again, please call the Elections hotline.”
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 at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Voters wishing to apply for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote.
The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act 2022.