Voter ID required for elections from May 2023

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • Local elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections. If you don’t have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate. There is more information on the Electoral Commission website, where you can also apply for the Voter Authority Certificate. If you would like help with your application please get in touch with us here at the Centre.

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