From May 2023, voters must show an accepted form of photographic identification (photo ID) at a polling station before they are given a ballot paper.
This affects voters across Maldon District who vote in person or by proxy.
Postal voters are not be required to provide photo ID when voting by post.
Accepted forms of photo ID
You may use the following forms of photo ID when voting at a polling station:
What should I do if I don't have one of these forms of ID?
- Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an European Economic Area (EEA) state or a Commonwealth country
- Photographic driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (including provisional)
- European Economic Area (EEA) photographic ID card
- Biometric immigration document
- An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)
- Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
- Blue Badge
- Older Person's Bus Pass
- Disabled Person's Bus Pass
- Oyster 60+ Bus Pass
- Freedom Pass
- Voter Authority Certificate or temporary Voter Authority Certificate
If you do not have any of the accepted photo ID, and you want to vote in person at the polling stations, you will need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
This is a free photographic identity document that can only be used for the purpose of voting.
Applications for Voter Authority Certificates will open from 16th January 2023.
You will be asked to provide:
- Date of birth
- National Insurance number
- Clear photograph of your head and shoulders
Applications will be accepted online, by post or in person.
The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in time for the local elections on 4 May 2023 is 5pm Tuesday 25th April 2023.