Voter ID support resources available

News from: Reading Borough Council

The UK government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time at the local elections taking place in some areas of England on Thursday 4 May 2023.

The Electoral Commission has created a wide range of resources to support those more likely to experience barriers in preparing for this change and may need support to access photo ID.

Organisations working directly with voters, including local authorities and charities, can play an important role in supporting voters to ensure they have photo ID ahead of the elections.

They have created packs for organisations in England, designed to help them raise awareness and to support people they work with to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, ahead of the local elections in May 2023. The packs also include information on voter registration. Packs are included in multiple languages including; Bengali, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish and Urdu.

You can access and download the packs from the Electoral Commission website found HERE

For information specific to the elections here in Reading, including registration and applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, visit the page found HERE. Please note that the deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate in time for the local elections on 4 May has now passed, but you can still apply for one for use at future elections.

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