Voter ID required at upcoming Wiltshire elections in June - still time to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate
With a small number of elections due to take place in the county in just over two weeks, Wiltshire Council is reminding residents that voter ID will now be required.
There are several local elections scheduled to take place in Wiltshire on 8 June and if contested these will be the first in the Wiltshire Council local authority area that will require Voter ID. They include:
- Tisbury Unitary Division of Wiltshire Council - 8 June 2023
- Amesbury Town Council - Amesbury South Ward - 8 June 2023
- Amesbury Town Council - Amesbury West Ward - 8 June 2023
If anyone doesn't have accepted photo ID but want to vote, they can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 31 May. That date and time is also the deadline for the receipt of new proxy vote applications (arranging for someone to vote on their behalf). More information about that can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate.
Voters can check their poll cards to see the acceptable ID or go online for more information at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID. Voters will not be able to vote unless they have acceptable ID so they are urged to not delay and check today.
Terence Herbert, Returning Officer for Wiltshire, said:
For those who want to vote in person at these local elections and don't have the appropriate ID there is still time to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
We don't want a lack of ID to prevent people from casting their ballot. So I ask people to please remember their ID or certificate before they head out to vote.
More information about upcoming Wiltshire elections can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections.