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Voters Can Apply For Photo ID Ahead Of Forthcoming Elections

The election for Hampshire & Isle of Wight’s Police & Crime Commissioner will take place on Thursday May 2 and it will be first Island wide election since the introduction of voter identification rules came into force.

Voters are being reminded that if they do not have the required photo ID they can apply for the document with Isle of Wight Council.

Registered voters can apply for the free ‘Voter Authority Certificate’ and the deadline for applications in this election is April 24. Full details can be found on the Council’s photographic voter ID page.

Voters may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable, including the following:

  • Passport.
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence).
  • Blue badge.
  • Certain concessionary travel cards (such as an Older Person’s Bus Pass or an Oyster 60+ card).
  • Identity card with Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) mark.
  • Biometric Immigration document.
  • Defence identity card.
  • Certain national identity cards.

Claire Shand, Isle of Wight Council’s Returning Officer, said:

“In order to vote in person, people will need to be registered to vote and to bring appropriate photographic identification with them on the day.”

"The need for photo ID will be new for a lot of Islanders and we want to make sure that people are aware of the change and prepared, so that the process of voting in the Police & Crime Commissioner is as easy as possible.”

Residents should look out for their polling cards, currently being distributed to people on the electoral register.

For those who do not received polling cards, the council has a  Register to vote  page with relevant information. The last date to register as an elector for the Police & Crime Commissioner Election is Tuesday April 16.

For those who might not be able to get to their polling station on May 2, they can still vote by post. The last date to register as a Postal Voter is April 17. Details on the Council’s Postal votes webpage.

The last date to register for a Proxy Vote is April 24, and this can be done via the Council’s Proxy votes page .

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