Voter ID awareness session

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Join our online Voter ID drop-in session 

Date: Thursday 15 February 2024

Venue: online via Zoom (Full Zoom details below)

Time: drop in any time between 12.30pm and 1.30pm

In this session we will:

  • Explain the changes
  • Identify if your current photo ID is acceptable to vote
  • Help you apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate or other forms of approved photo ID
  • Answer any questions about the changes to election law

This is a drop-in awareness and information session, so there is no need to book.

Zoom details for the session

 Join Zoom Meeting:

 Meeting ID: 838 3700 6133

Passcode: 167719

More information:

Voting in person

Voting rights have changed. Last year the law around voting in UK parliamentary elections, local elections, and the elections for Mayor of London and London Assembly changed. The biggest change to the way we vote is the requirement of acceptable photo ID to vote.

Since May 2023, voters are now required to present photo identification to vote in elections and only certain forms of photo ID can be used to vote. You can still vote by post without using a photo ID, however.

Postal voting

You will need to renew your postal vote every 3 years by resubmitting a postal vote application.

There will be a limit on the number of postal vote packs that you can hand in at a polling station. You will be allowed to take your own, and up to five others.

Political parties and campaigners will be banned from handling postal vote packs on behalf of electors.

When you apply for a postal vote you will need to provide proof of your identity. Both online and paper applications will require ID verification.

You can apply for a postal vote online.

Existing postal voters will be notified when they need to re-register.

When do the changes come into force? 

The process for a three yearly postal vote application began in October 2023 but if you currently have a postal vote in place you do not need to reapply.

Online absent voting applications came into force on 31 October 2023.

The rules of secrecy and who can handle postal votes are expected to be in place for elections in May 2024.

Proxy voting

There will be a limit to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for. Currently, a person can act as a proxy for an unlimited number of close relatives and two other people.

Under the new rules, voters would be limited to acting as a proxy for two people, regardless of their relationship. Anyone voting on behalf of UK voters who live overseas could act as a proxy for up to four people.

When do the changes come into force? 

The changes to proxy voting came into force on 31 October 2023.

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