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Date posted: 1st December 2022
Ahead of changes to elections across Britain, the Government has published details on which photographic identification (voter ID) will be accepted at polling stations. Here, we summarise what this means for blind and partially sighted people.
From May 2023, voters in Great Britain will be required to show an approved form of ID at polling stations in order to vote.
This is a key part of the Elections Act 2022. The Government believes the introduction of photo ID will improve the security and integrity of elections by reducing voter fraud.
Anyone who does not have one of the required forms of photo ID will be able to get a free voter identification document called a “Voter Authority Certificate” from their local council.
Thomas Pocklington Trust is working closely with central Government to make sure the new Voter Authority Certificate, which will be provided free of charge to anyone without a valid ID, is accessible to blind and partially sighted people. We are also working closely with the Electoral Commission to raise awareness of the changes ahead of the elections in May, so that no blind or partially sighted people are unable to vote.
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The voter ID that will be accepted at polling stations includes:
If you attend a polling station with no approved form of photographic identification, you will be advised to leave and return with appropriate identification.