On Thursday, May 4th, 2023 residents in South Staffordshire will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at District and Parishes. We're already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote.
From Thursday, May 4th, 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This will apply to:
- Local elections
- Police and crime commissioner elections
- UK parliamentary by-elections
- Recall petitions
From October 2023 it will also apply to UK general elections.
Voters at the polling station will need to show just one of the accepted forms of photo ID. If you don't have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a voter authority certificate. The deadline for applications for Voter Authority Certificates will be 5pm, 6 working days ahead of a poll.
Further information about voter ID documents can be found on the Electoral Commission's website.
To apply for a Voter Authority Certificate apply on gov.uk The requirement to have photographic ID only affects people voting in person at a polling station. It doesn't affect postal voters who have their identification verified by their signatures and date of births. If you own an accepted form of photographic ID you do not need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (Voter ID). If your photographic ID document has expired it can still be used, if the photograph is still a good likeness of you.
Find out more by visiting the Electoral Commission's website.