RESIDENTS in Stratford district are being urged to remember their photo ID when they go to vote on May 4.
Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations before they can receive their ballot paper. This is a new requirement introduced by the UK Government that comes into effect for the first time at elections in May.
Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport, a UK or EEA drivers’ licence, some concessionary travel passes such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card, and the new free Voter Authority Certificate.
Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. Further details and a full list of acceptable forms of ID are included on the council’s website.
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 photo ID you need to vote.”
David Dalby, Returning Officer at Stratford District Council, added: “With weeks to go, make sure you’re ready for the elections on May 4. Check that you’ve got an accepted form of ID and remember to bring it with you to the polling station on election day. If you need any help, you can contact the electoral services team on 01789 260208.”
If voters have not got an acceptable form of photo ID, they can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate at www.gov.uk before April 25.
Alternatively, there is a Walk-In Voter ID service at SDC’s offices Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm until April 25.