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Photo ID required to vote in 2024 elections

by Emily Maguire

Last year, the Government introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting in elections. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a passport, a photocard driver’s licence, a Blue Badge, an Oyster 60+ card or an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card). Please note, Merseytravel bus passes are only accepted if they include “funded by HM Government”. If they haven’t been funded by the Government, they will not be accepted. You will be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online on the Electoral Commission website or you can request a paper form to be sent to you by calling the Knowsley Elections Team on 0151 443 2222. The closing date for applications for free photo ID (called a Voter Authority Certificate) for the elections scheduled to be held on 2 May 2024 is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID.

Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station was introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act which was passed in 2022 and came into effect for the first time last May.  You can also vote by post or vote by proxy. Further details about how to do this can be found here.

To vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by 11.59pm on Tuesday 16 April 2024.  If you’ve never registered, have moved address or changed your name, register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Further information can also be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.