From May 4, the law changes and requires UK voters to hold an acceptable form of ID – also known as ‘Voter ID’ – in order to vote in some elections. From this date, a voter’s ID will be required in local elections in England, by-elections to the UK Parliament, and elections to the Police and Crime Commission in England and Wales. A voter’s ID will also be required across the UK for any general election held after October 5. Voter ID is already mandatory in all elections in Northern Ireland.
As a result of this new law, it is very important that every voter in the UK ensures that they have an acceptable photo ID. A list of acceptable photo IDs is listed below, with the two most common being a passport and driver’s license. But for voters who don’t have either, they can now apply for a free voter ID card. Voters must apply by 5pm on April 25 to receive it in time for the May 4 local elections in England.
Humanists UK has teamed up with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Shout Out UK to support their new #NoVoteNoVoice campaign – which encourages people to both register to vote and make sure they have the correct form of photo ID. The campaign brings together a diverse coalition of schools, charities and London Borough Electoral Services to inform the public about the new voting requirements affecting the upcoming elections. This is important as the survey shows that 61% of Londoners are unaware of the upcoming photo ID requirement to vote and 11% do not hold a form of approved voter ID specified in the Electoral Act.
Voters outside London can find out more information about the new law, including how to register to vote and how to register for a voter’s authority card, on the Electoral Commission’s website.
Humanists UK’s director of public affairs and policy, Richie Thompson, said:
“We believe that every adult citizen should have the right to express their opinion in the democratic process. This campaign is essential to make sure that more people are aware of the changes in voter identification laws and can exercise their right to vote.”
Humanists UK is urging people to register to vote on the government’s website, and to share information about the new law with their friends and family. People can also join the social media campaign using the hashtags #NoVoteNoVoice and #VoterID to raise awareness and encourage participation.
Humanists UK will also write to its members and supporters across England to make sure the change is widely known.
An ID card with a photo that will be accepted at the polling stations
You will need to present one form of photo ID from the list below. It must be the original version and not a copy.
- UK passport
- A passport issued by an EEA country or a Commonwealth country
- A national identity card issued by an EEA country
- UK driving licence
- A driving license issued by the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA country
- Electoral ID card issued in Northern Ireland
- Biometric immigration document
- An identity card bearing the hologram of the Age Proof Standards Program (PASS card)
- Form 90 of the Ministry of Defense (defense identity card)
- Concession travel tickets funded by the British government: adult bus ticket, disabled bus ticket, Oyster 60+ ticket, freedom ticket
- Welsh Government funded Concessionary Travelcards: Welsh Travelcard 60+, Welsh Disabled Concessionary Travelcard
- Concession travel cards issued by Northern Ireland Government Services: Senior SmartPass, Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind SmartPass, War Disability SmartPass, 60+ SmartPass, Half Price SmartPass
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- Voter’s ID card is free
- Anonymous voter document
For comment or further information, the media should contact Humanists UK’s Director of Public Affairs and Policy, Richie Thompson, at [email protected] or on 020 7324 3072 or 07534 248 596.
For more information about the new voter ID laws, please see the Electoral Commission website or visit the Greater London Authority’s #NoVoteNoVoice campaign.
You can register for a free Electoral College ID card at GOV.UK.
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