From May 2023, changes to the law will mean that you need to show your photo ID when voting in elections.
This change aims to make our voting systems more fair and secure by reducing voter fraud, and is part of the Elections Act 2022.
But many people have argued that requiring photo ID could alienate some members of the public who do not have passports, driving licenses or other forms of ID.
We want to make sure the voting remains a basic right for everyone, so we’re sharing information about the changes, which photo IDs are accepted and what to do if you don’t have photo ID.
We think it’s particularly important for the disabled community to be aware of this change, as it’s vital our access to vote is protected. We need to be able to have our say in elections, as this directly impacts who is in office and how the voices of disabled people are listened to.
Which photo IDs are accepted?
- UK, Commonwealth or EEA passports
- UK, Channel Islands or EEA driving license
- Blue Badge Scheme Card
- National identity card issues by and EEA state
- Free photo travel pass like Oyster 60+ or a Freedom Pass
- Biometric Immigration Document
- PASS card issues by the National Proof of Age Standards Scheme bearing the PASS hologram.