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Deadline approaches for free voter ID ahead of general election

Published: 21/06/2024

Time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the general election is running out. The deadline is 5pm Wednesday, 26 June.

For the first time at a general election, voters will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper in polling stations. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate here.

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

Those that have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ 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.

The general election is taking place Thursday 4 July.

Returning Officer Neal Cockerton said: “As the deadline to apply for free ID fast approaches, it is important that Flintshire residents make sure they’re election ready. If you need help applying for a free Voter ID, you can visit one of our Flintshire Connects offices.”

Voters also have the option to vote by post or proxy. The deadline to apply for a postal vote was Wednesday, 19 June, and the deadline for a proxy vote is 5pm Wednesday, 26 June.