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Voter ID Required to Vote in Elections

There will be full District and Parish elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Voter ID

May 2023 will be the first time that voter identification will be required to be shown by all voters at a polling station. This has been introduced under the Elections Act 2022.

Voters need to show an approved form of photo identity before voting in a polling station, the ID does not have to be current, provided the likeness is still true. The document must be an original document.

The most commonly used ID include:

• Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

• Photographic driver’s licence issued by the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (including provisional)

• European Economic Area (EEA) photographic ID Card

• UK Biometric Residence Permit

• An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)*

• A Blue Badge

• A concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government or local authority (For example West Sussex County Council Bus Pass; Disabled Person's Bus Pass, Welsh or Northern Ireland travel card.)

See full list of photo ID accepted at GOV.UK

If you do not have photo ID

Anyone without suitable photo identification, such as a passport or driving license, can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC).

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

If you are not able to apply online you can download a paper application form. The VAC will be posted directly to the voter. More information on the application process is available on the Electoral Commission's website.


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