Just days left to get your FREE voter ID for the July 4 general election - The Redditch Standard

Just days left to get your FREE voter ID for the July 4 general election

Redditch Editorial 21st Jun, 2024   0

PEOPLE are being reminded that for the first time in a UK general election, those heading to the polls will need voter ID.

And, they are also being made aware that there are now just days left to apply for free voter ID if they do not already have one of the accepted forms.

A number of documents will be accepted at polling stations on July 4, including a driver’s licence, passport, older person’s bus pass, disabled person’s bus pass, a Proof of Age Card and others.

What is the free ID and how do you get it?

Those who do not have one of those can obtain a Voter Authority Certificate.

The Electoral Commission is calling on anyone who needs it to apply now, before the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday, June 26.

Since the general election was called on May 22, more than 38,000 people have already applied for a Voter Authority Certificate so they can vote.

Commission research shows that people who are unemployed, people with disabilities, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds are least likely to have an accepted form of idenrification, and should therefore apply for the free voter ID.

Jackie Killeen, Director of Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “This is the first general election where photographic ID is needed so it’s important that people are aware of the requirement and prepared.

“There is a long list of accepted forms of ID, but anyone that doesn’t have one is still able to take part by applying for the free ID.”

She added there was now less than a week left to apply for the free ID so appealed to anyone who needed to, to make sure they get their application in.

“If you know anyone that may not be aware of the new requirement or have an accepted form of ID, help to spread the word so that they are able to take part and have their say.”

Applications for the free ID can be submitted online at gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by completing a paper form and sending this to their local council’s electoral services team.

Voters will need to provide a photo, their full name, date of birth, the address at which they are registered to vote and their National Insurance number.

Applicants must already be registered to vote before applying.

Voters with questions about applying for the free ID should contact their local authority.

Contact details for local authorities – and more information about the ID requirements – can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for free ID.

Visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID for more.

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