As you may know, the Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at elections and referendums. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections taking place in other parts of the country on Thursday 4 May 2023. So, just to clarify, this does not apply to any election held before May 2023.

There are no local elections scheduled this year in the Wiltshire Council local authority area, however should there be any by-elections or neighbourhood planning referendums after 4 May then voter ID will be required.

The Electoral Commission has begun their national ‘Note to Self’ campaign to raise awareness of the new requirements, which are so far primarily aimed at those areas who have local elections scheduled for May. People can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate and once we have resources from the Electoral Commission specifically for those areas that don’t have local elections this year we will use our communication channels to provide residents with all the information they need.

In the meantime, you can find more information at Voter ID | Electoral Commission