People without photo ID will still be able to take part in BCP Council elections on 4 May.
They can apply online for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) at: voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk
The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station has been introduced under the UK government’s Elections Act, which comes into effect for the first time this May.
BCP Council previously encouraged residents to make sure they are ready to vote by checking early for an accepted form of photo ID. Voters will also be able to use expired photo ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.
If voters don’t have any valid photo ID, they should apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.
Residents will need to provide their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number, to apply, as well as be registered to vote.
If voters don’t know their NI number, BCP Council will get in touch to ask for an alternative proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, bank statement or utility bill.
Residents will also need to submit a passport-style photograph with their application.
Matt Pitcher, head of Elections at BCP Council said: “We’re keen for any residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of photo ID to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate early and make sure they are able to vote in May.
“The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate ahead of BCPs’ local elections is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.
“Going online now is the easiest option, but if you are unable to do this then please call us on 01202 123400 and we can discuss your options or send a paper form.”
Anyone needing a Voter Authority Certificate must also be registered to vote by Monday 17 April.
When you register to vote, you’ll be asked whether you have photo ID or if you want to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
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