No ID, no vote for electors in Woking this May

12 February 2018

Voters across Woking Borough will need to show photographic identification before they can vote at the next local election to be held on Thursday 3 May 2018.

Woking, along with four other local authorities in England, is participating in the Cabinet Office's trial project, aimed at tackling electoral fraud.

The trial comes after reports of alleged electoral fraud through voter impersonation more than doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to figures from the Electoral Commission. Many countries around the world have already made it a requirement to prove identity at a polling station, including Northern Ireland.

During the local election on Thursday 3 May 2018, voters must bring one of the following forms of photographic ID to their polling station

  • Passport (UK, EU or Commonwealth)
  • UK Photo Driver's Licence (full or provisional)
  • EU Driver's Licence European Economic
  • Area Photographic ID Card
  • UK Biometric Residence Permit
  • Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
  • Surrey Senior Bus Pass
  • Surrey Disabled People's Bus Pass
  • Surrey Student Fare Card
  • 16 - 25 Railcard
  • Rail Season Ticket Photocard

Voters who don't have any of the accepted photo ID listed above must apply free of charge for a Local Elector Card if they wish to vote in person at the polling station.

Ray Morgan, Woking Borough Council's Chief Executive and Returning Officer, said: "As the guardian of Woking's democratic process, I'm committed to upholding the integrity of the voting system and ensuring eligible voters have the ability to cast their votes securely and without difficulty.

"We have considered very carefully the various forms of photographic identification which we will accept on Thursday 3 May 2018, to make it as easy as possible for eligible voters to cast their vote. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of photographic identification can apply free of charge for a Local Elector Card.

"I welcome this new and robust approach which will confirm peoples' rights to vote whilst targeting those who take advantage of the current system, for their own political gain. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this trial has on the election process in Woking."

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 out the scheme nationally.

For more information, and to apply for a Local Elector Card, please visit www.woking.gov.uk/VoterID. Alternatively, please contact Woking Borough Council's Electoral Service Team on 01483 755855, or email elections@woking.gov.uk