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Voter ID required for May 2023 elections

New rules mean you will need to bring photo ID in order to vote in upcoming district, town and parish elections.

Posted by: Communications team on 17 January 2023 11:14
Categories: January 2023

On Thursday 4 May, 2023 voters will go to the polls to elect councillors to West Berkshire Council and local town and parish councils.

Since elections were last held in May 2019, the UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the May local elections.

You may already have an acceptable form of photo ID. You can use any of the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (including provisional license)
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

If you don't already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate on the Electoral Commission website and also find how to apply by post.

We'll be sharing more information about the elections in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can find out more about registering to vote, and voting by post or proxy on our website: Registering to Vote

Last modified: 06 March 2023 15:18

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