Time is running out to apply for free photo ID, Warwick district voters reminded - The Leamington Observer

Time is running out to apply for free photo ID, Warwick district voters reminded

Leamington Editorial 3rd Apr, 2023   0

ELECTORS in Warwick district are being reminded that the time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the May elections is running out.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on Tuesday April 25.

For the first time, voters will need to show a photo ID to receive their ballot paper at the local elections on May 4.

Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by applying for and submitting a paper form to the Warwick District Council Electoral Services Team by email at [email protected].

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.

Anyone who already has an accepted form of ID does not need to apply.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area or Commonwealth passport, a UK or EEA driver’s licence, and some concessionary travel passes such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Chris Elliott, Returning Officer for Warwick district, said: “As the deadline to apply for free ID looms, it is important that Warwick district residents make sure they’re election ready and don’t miss the opportunity to vote. If you need help applying for free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral services team on 01926 456105 or by email at [email protected].”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission added: “Voters will be required to show photo ID at polling stations at the May elections. The availability of free ID helps ensure elections remain accessible to all eligible voters. For those who don’t currently have the ID they need, it’s crucial they apply before the deadline so that they can take part. That date is fast approaching, so don’t delay.”

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