New rules will require a photo ID in elections - The Evesham Observer

New rules will require a photo ID in elections

Evesham Editorial 13th Feb, 2023   0

CONTROVERSIAL changes introduced by the Government mean Evesham and Pershore residents will for the first time need to show photo ID to vote at this year’s local council elections on May 4.

The requirement to show photo ID at a polling station was introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act, which was passed last year, and comes into effect for the first time this May.

Voters across Wychavon will be asked to cast their votes in elections for Wychavon District Council as well as town council elections in both Evesham and Pershore.

Vic Allison, chief executive and returning officer for Wychavon District Council, said: “Residents will be electing a whole new council in May as well as representatives on town and parish councils across the district.

“Although it may seem a long way away, I urge people to check now they have the required form of photo ID to make sure they can vote in May. If you haven’t, then please apply for a Voter Authority Certificate early to make sure you don’t miss out on making your voice heard through the ballot box.

“If you need help understanding the new requirement for photo ID or applying for a Voter Authority Certificate then please contact our elections team.”

This year’s Wychavon District Council election will be the first held under new ward boundaries, which means the name of the electoral ward people live in or where they usually go to vote may change.

Poll cards will be issued towards the end of March. Residents are urged to check them for the location of their polling station and more details on the photo ID requirement.

For more information visit or contact the elections team by e-mailing [email protected] or call 01386 565437

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