The rules for voting in the UK are changing
|The UK is about to experience a significant change in how to vote at both general and local elections.
Anyone who wants to vote in person at a local polling station will need ID from the following dates:
What ID is acceptable?
Is this requirement likely to affect your senior members of the family or friends? Possibly, if they don’t have any of the following:
You can see a full list of valid forms of ID on the Government’s website.
Applying for a postal vote
Not all is lost if your relative doesn’t have the right form of ID but wants to vote.
Many people are opting for postal votes. They are more convenient as you can vote in a given period before the election takes place, and you only have to get to a postbox rather than a polling station. You don’t need ID for a postal vote.
The government website offers more information about applying for postal votes in England, Wales and Scotland. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on 18th April.
The Voter Authority Certificate
There is one other option.
For those who don’t have the right ID and don’t want to apply for a postal vote, there is the Voter Authority Certificate.
This is a free service, but the applicant will need a recent digital photo and a national insurance number.
Also it looks like demand for VACs is very high, so it’s going to be important to apply as soon as possible. The deadline is 5pm on 25 April.
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