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East Cambs Residents Need Photo ID To Vote At May Elections

For the first time, residents in East Cambridgeshire will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote on 4 May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ 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.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at www.voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/ or by completing a paper form.

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.

John Hill, Returning Officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said:

“With elections taking place in East Cambridgeshire on 4 May 2023, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they have an accepted form of ID. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to vote in May.

“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending this to East Cambridgeshire District 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 on 01353 665555.

 

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