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Remember to bring your photo ID on election day

Warwick District residents must remember their original photo ID document in order to vote at a polling station on Thursday 4 May.

Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations before they can receive their ballot paper. This is a new requirement introduced by the UK Government that comes into effect for the first time at the May elections.

Accepted forms of original photo ID documents include the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA driver’s licence; some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card; and the new free Voter Authority Certificate. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Voters will be required to present their photo ID at the polling station, where it will be checked by polling station staff. This can be done in a private area if preferred. Anyone that would like further information about what to expect at a polling station should contact the Warwick District Council Electoral Services team on 01926 456105 or by email at

If voters lose their photo ID or their Voter Authority Certificate does not arrive in time for election day, they can appoint an emergency proxy to vote on their behalf up until 5pm on election day. The person appointed as a proxy, voting on someone else’s behalf, must have their own acceptable photo ID.

The full list of accepted original photo ID documents and more information about the new requirement is available on the Electoral Commission’s website.

For further information on the local elections in Warwick District, visit