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In April 2022, the Elections Act 2022 was granted royal assent. The Act brought major changes to the way elections are run.
When you vote in person at a polling station, you will now need to show photographic identification (photo ID).
Absent (postal and proxy) voters will not be affected by this change. However, if you vote by proxy, the person who votes on your behalf will need to take their photo ID with them.
The most commonly used and accepted forms of photo ID include:
Only original documents are accepted. Scanned images, or copies, will not be accepted.
Expired photo ID is accepted, if the photo is still a current likeness (and it is an accepted form of photo ID).
If you do not have an accepted form of photo ID and you would like to vote in person, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.
You will need a recent, digital photo of yourself and your National Insurance number.
You can also apply via a paper application form instead, if you prefer. Please email email@example.com
The Act has also brought changes to: