Voter ID – Changes for May 2023

Good morning, everyone.

Due to a recent change in the law, to vote in elections in England this May, you will now need to show photo ID at the polling station.

Passports, driving licences and older person’s bus passes are among the allowed documents.

Note: The postal voting system has not changed.

If you have no suitable photo ID to vote in person at a poling station you can apply for free voter ID now, the Government portal for applying for Voter ID is now open. Note: You must be registered to vote before you apply.

Any residents who require a Voter Authority Certificate should visit the Government website in the first instance –

If you are having issues with the portal or need additional support, please ask them to contact Bury Council’s elections team on [email protected] or call 0161 253 5252.

The Electoral Commission have produced a booklet for electors containing everything they need to know about Voter ID and the May 2023 local elections (attached).   

Please could you please share this information with your friends and family to ensure that they are aware of the new requirements.

Best wishes 

Julie Southworth


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