Important ID requirements for local elections on 3 May 2018

Anyone who lives and votes in the Borough of Swindon will be required to bring their poll card as a form of ID to vote in the local elections on 3 May 2018.

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Local elections May 2018: Important ID requirements for Swindon Borough voters

Forms of ID required to vote

Anyone who is registered to vote in the Borough of Swindon and wishes to exercise their right to vote at a polling station on 3 May 2018 will be required to provide ID.

Your poll card is the quickest and most convenient form of identification you can bring to prove who you are when you vote. This is because it will be scanned at the polling station which will allow you to quickly be issued your ballot paper. Everyone registered to vote will receive a poll card hand-delivered through their door in April 2018.

However, if you lose your poll card or forget to bring it with you to the polling station, you’ll need to present another form of ID from the list below:

  • Passport (UK, EU, Commonwealth) (can be expired or unexpired)
  • Photocard driving licence including a provisional licence (UK, Crown Dependency or EU)
  • Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
  • Biometric Immigration Document
  • EEA Identity Card

Please note that no other forms of ID apart from the ones listed above will be accepted. This includes utility bills, bank statements, council tax bills and other official written correspondence.

As a last resort, if you do not have your poll card or any of the ID listed above, you can also bring someone with you to attest to your identity and allow you to vote. The person attesting will need to be registered at the same polling station and have already voted themselves or have the ability to vote by presenting their poll card or other form of ID.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about the Swindon pilot, contact or call 01793 445500.

Last updated: 01 February 2018. Was this information helpful?

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