Voter Authority Certificates

UK electors are now required to show an accepted form of photographic identification to receive their ballot paper(s) to cast their vote in a polling station as from May 2023 at the following polls:

UK Parliamentary general elections (from October 2023)
Recall petitions
Local elections in England (from May 2023)
Local referendums in England
Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales

Statistics show that huge numbers of older voters could be disenfranchised at local elections this May after official data has shown that only 505 people aged 75-plus have applied for free voter identification documents (known as Voter Authority Certificates) in the month since the scheme launched.

If you want to vote in the 2023 elections and you do not have any of the accepted forms of photographic ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, specifically for the purpose of voting. Click here to find out which existing forms of photo ID will be accepted and allow you to vote.

If you don’t have any form of acceptable photo ID, click here to visit the gov.uk website, which has all the info on how to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

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