VOTERS in Rugby will need to show photographic ID at polling stations for the first time in this year’s local elections.
Residents are being urged to make sure they have an accepted form of photo ID before polling day on May 4.
Accepted forms of ID include UK, European Economic Area (EEA) and Commonwealth passports; UK, EEA and Commonwealth driving licences; and specified concessionary travel passes, including older person’s bus pass. Voters can use expired ID providing they can still be recognised from the photo.
Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.
The requirement to show photo ID at polling stations was introduced by the Government in the Elections Act 2022.
Ailsa Irvine, the Electoral Commission’s director of electoral administration and guidance, said: “Anyone voting at a polling station in England this May will need to show photo ID before they can be given a ballot paper.
“It’s important everyone understands what types of ID they can use and how to apply for free ID if they need it.”
Aftab Razzaq, Returning Officer for Rugby, said: “With elections taking place in May, it’s important those who want to vote at a polling station make sure they have an accepted form of ID.
“It may seem early, but checking now means you’ll be ready to vote on May 4.
“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing an application form and returning it to Rugby Borough Council’s electoral services team.
“If you need any help with applying for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral services team.”
Visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID for a full list of accepted photo ID.
To apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, visit www.rugby.gov.uk/voterID or pick up an application form from the Town Hall.
The council’s electoral services team can be contacted at [email protected] or on (01788) 533595.
Anyone who wants to vote in the May elections must also be registered to vote. Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/vote to register.