Voter ID awareness session

The law has changed. You now need photo ID to vote, so remember to. Apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate if you don't have any photo ID.

Join us at our January Voter ID drop-in information session 

Date: Tuesday 22 January 2024

Venue: New Barnet Library

Time: drop by any time between 11am and 3pm


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.


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.

From May 2023, voters will be 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 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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