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Bring ID to vote on 3 May

Bring ID to Vote

Voters in Gosport borough, along with those in some other areas, will have to show ID before they can vote in the local government elections on 3 May 2018. We hope this page answers any questions you may have.


Why you need to bring ID on 3 May


Gosport Borough Council is taking part in a national trial of using ID when voting, as a way of making elections more secure.


It comes after reports of alleged electoral fraud through voter impersonation more than doubled nationally between 2014 and 2016.


The trial means that during the borough elections on 3 May 2018, you will need to bring ID to the polling station.


You can bring one form of specified photo ID, like a passport or driving licence. Or you can bring two forms of specified non-photo ID, like a council tax bill and a bank statement.

 

If you don't have acceptable ID, you can apply for an electoral identity letter to bring to the polling station instead. Or, you can apply for a postal vote.


You will need to produce acceptable ID or an electoral identity letter before being issued with a ballot paper in the polling station.


The trial will help the Electoral Commission and the Cabinet Office to evaluate the impact of asking for ID, before a decision is taken on whether or not to roll it out nationally.


Many countries have already made it a requirement to prove identity at a polling station, including Northern Ireland.

See the list of ID's you can use
Apply for an electoral identity letter (if you have no acceptable ID)
See our list of our Saturday information roadshows at supermarkets
Download our voter ID flyer
See frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the trial
Register to vote
Find more information about the 3 May elections


For more local information please contact us:

 

  • email us
  • call 023 9254 5227

  • visit the Town Hall in the High Street, Gosport


For more national information.

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