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Local Elections & Voter ID

From 4th May 2023 onwards, electors wishing to vote at polling stations will have to show an acceptable form of photo ID.

Published: 10 February 2023

Full details of the new requirement are available on the SDC website here:-

This gives details on what types of photo ID are acceptable and what electors should do if they don’t have one.

Anyone without suitable Voter ID can now apply online for a new Voter Authority Certificate via the GOV.UK website. Paper applications can also be accepted by the Elections department at Stratford District Council offices if accompanied by a suitable passport style photo. Alternatively, electors can come into the Council Offices and we will assist them in completing the form on-line, take their photo and upload it to the portal. The Certificate will then be posted direct to them. People have to be on the electors list to be able to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

Electors have until 25th April to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in time for the 4th May elections. Any applications after that will enable them to vote at future elections.

Please note: Postal voting is unchanged. Voters do not have to produce photo ID as they do not attend the polling station and there are other security measures already in place for these.

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