Voter ID pilots will run in 10 local authorities in the May 2019 local elections and will require voters to present personal identification before casting their ballot.
The 2019 voter ID pilot schemes are an integral part of the wider Government agenda. The governments research highlighted the matter of voter ID requirements and argued that by not requiring proof of identity in polling stations there remains the risk of personation. The Government is committed to putting in place systems that can mitigate risks to the integrity of our electoral processes with the view of attracting a greater number of voters to participate in the process. Through this pilot scheme the government feel these requirements are being addressed.
The ten local authorities piloting the ID requirements will do so according to one of the three models – the poll card model, mixed ID model or photo ID model.
Poll card model: In this model, electors will be required to show their poll card before being issued with a ballot paper. If an elector has lost their poll card, they may produce one document from List 1. If the elector does not have a form of photo ID from List 1, they will be issued with a replacement poll card up to 9pm on polling day. The following local authorities will be undertaking a voter ID poll card pilot in the May 2019 elections: Mid Sussex District Council, Watford Borough, and North West Leicestershire (poll card without technology).
Mixed ID model: In this model, electors could show one document from List 1, or two documents from List 2 in order to be issued with a ballot paper. If an elector does not have an accepted form of ID, the elector can apply for an electoral identity document, free of charge, up until 5pm the day before poll. The following local authorities will be undertaking a mixed ID model Voter ID Pilot in the May 2019 elections: Braintree District Council, North Kesteven District Council, Craven District Council, Broxtowe Borough Council and Derby City Council.
Photo ID model: In this model, electors could show one form of photo ID from List 1 before being issued with a ballot paper. If an elector does not have an accepted form of ID from List 1, the elector can apply for an electoral identity document, free of charge, up until 5pm the day before poll. The following local authorities will be undertaking a photo ID model pilot in the May 2019 elections: Pendle Borough Council and Woking Borough Council.
The photo and mixed models provide the option to electors to apply for locally issued ID in the form of an electoral identity document. Each authority piloting the photo ID model and mixed ID model will issue a local form of ID to an eligible voter who does not think they have the required forms of ID to ensure that every elector can still vote. This process means that all electors have an avenue through which they can get a valid form of identity to show in the polling station free of charge.
|a passport issued by a Commonwealth country or a country within the European Economic Area;
a photocard driving licence (including a provisional licence) issued in the United Kingdom or by a Crown Dependency or by a Member State of the European Union;
an electoral identity card issued under section 13C (Electoral identity card: Northern Ireland) of the Representation of the People Act 1983;
a biometric immigration document issued in the United Kingdom in accordance with regulations made under section 5 of the UK Borders Act 2007();
an identity card issued in the European Economic Area which bears a photograph of the voter;
a PASS scheme card (national proof of age standards scheme);
a Ministry of Defence Identity Card;
a concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government;
an Oyster 60+ pass;
a photocard parking permit issued as part of the Blue Badge scheme.
|a valid bank or building society debit card or credit card;
a mortgage statement dated within 12 months of the date of the poll;
a bank or building society statement, or a letter from the bank or building society confirming the opening of an account, dated within 3 months of the date of the poll;
a bank or building society cheque book or building society pass book;
a credit card statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll;
a council tax demand letter or statement dated within 12 months of the date of the poll;
a utility bill dated within 3 months of the date of the poll;
a Form P45 or Form P60 issued within 12 months of the date of the poll;
a poll card for the election;
a birth certificate;
a marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate;
an adoption certificate;
a firearms certificate granted under the Firearms Act 1968();
the record of a decision on bail made in respect of the voter in accordance with section 5(1) of the Bail Act 1976();
a driving licence (including a provisional licence) which is not in the form of a photocard;
a statement of benefits or entitlement to benefits, such as a statement of child benefit within the meaning of section 141 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(), or a letter confirming that the voter is entitled to housing benefit, within the meaning of section 130 of that Act; 10
a student loan statement issued by the Student Loan Company dated within 12 months of the date of the poll;
a National Insurance Number card or letter issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.