We have recently announced that the way you’ll vote at elections on 2nd May is going to change. You will be asked to show some form of identification (ID) before you are given your ballot paper.
We thought it would be helpful to put some FAQs together, to answer any questions you may have…
Why do I need to bring ID?
Derby is taking part in a pilot that aims to reduce electoral fraud at polling stations. You can find out more online.
The government tested this last year with five other local authorities, and this year Derby has been selected as one of nine.
If you do not bring ID to polling stations on 2nd May you will not be able to vote.
What kind of ID can I bring?
You will need to bring either one form of photo ID, or two forms of non-photo ID. One of these documents must have the electors registered name and address. Both documents must have the electors name.
You can find a full list of accepted ID on our website.
What if I don’t have any of these types of ID?
You will still be able to vote.
You will need to get in touch with our Elections team on 01332 640837 or email@example.com, and apply for a free ‘Certificate of Identity by 5pm on Wednesday 1 May 2019. More information is available at www.derby.gov.uk/VoterID
Once an elector has been issued with a certificate, they just need to bring it to the polling station on 2nd May.
Once you have this, you just need to bring your certificate with you to the polling station on 2nd May.
What will my ID be used for?
Your ID will be used to make sure you are who you say you are.
We don’t take copies of ID – it’s purely for proof on the day.
What happens if I don’t bring, or forget to bring ID to vote on 2nd May?
If you forget to bring your ID, you can leave the polling station to collect ID, and come back to vote.
If you cannot provide the required ID you will not be able to vote.
What if I’m voting by proxy?
If you have nominated someone to vote for you by proxy, the person you have nominated will need to take their own ID to prove who they are (one form of photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID).
The polling station will have a record of their name, and the person they’re voting for if they have applied to vote by proxy.
Will postal voting be affected?
No, this is a pilot for polling station voting only. Postal voting doesn’t change.
Will I need to bring ID to vote in any other general or local elections too?
No, this pilot is only for the local elections on 2nd May 2019
How will you make sure everyone can vote?
We are working hard to ensure we reach as many people as possible in the city. We’re doing this with extensive advertising in and around the city; notices in libraries / GP surgeries etc., as well as working closely with community groups around the city to reach potentially harder to reach groups
My passport has expired; can I still use this as a form of ID to vote on 2 May?
Yes an elector can bring an out of date photo ID, such as a passport, as long as it is in the name of the elector and the photograph bears a reasonable likeness to the elector.
Why is Derby taking part in the Voter ID pilot?
Voter fraud undermines democracy, and takes away a person’s right to vote as they would like. The Cabinet Office is looking at ways to crack down on this, and these pilots will aid to inform how best to achieve that.
It’s always tricky introducing such a big change, however it’s important for Derby to be involved in the process now; we have the unique opportunity of being able to shape how the scheme works.
If the decision is taken to roll-out Voter ID nationally in the future, Derby will not simply have the decision imposed on us – we will have had the chance to influence and inform the scheme, to make sure it’s right for us.
For more information:
Visit our website
Call the elections team: 01332 640837