Those intending to vote at polling stations on 4 May will need to show photographic identification for the first time, a new condition introduced under the UK Government’s Elections Act.
If voters don’t have any form of photo ID, they should urgently apply for a VAC by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April. This can be done online at: www.voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk or by contacting BCP Council for assistance. The number is 01202 123400.
Accepted forms of ID include a passport; driving licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.
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.
The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID
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