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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
What if my appearance has changed on my photo ID?
The photo ID needs to have a true likeness to your current appearance to prove your identity. If you do not have any of the photo ID options with an up-to-date photo then you could produce two forms of non-photo ID, one of which must show your electoral registered address. Please see the question ‘Which IDs will be accepted?’ for the full list of accepted IDs that can be used.
Can I show a copy of my ID on my phone or electronic device?
No we can only accept paper/original versions or a certified copy.
Does my address need to be the same on my ID as it is on the electoral register?
For Photo ID, as long as the photo is a true likeness the address shown does not need to match (as the ID is to check your identity, not your address).
One of your non-photo ID must show your address and it must be the same as the address on the electoral register. Your poll card will have your name and address on it and can be used as one of your non-photo ID.
What about Transgender people?
In Derby we want to be sensitive to all electors needs. We are running a pilot with the widest possible selection of both photo and non-photo ID available.. If someone does not have suitable photo ID they can choose to use two non-photo ID instead. Where someone doesn’t have any of the ID options on the approved list they could apply for the Local Elector ID. Please contact the Elections Team at email@example.com or call 01332 640837 for advice.
I would like my identity checked in private – is this possible?
Yes, once you have stated your name and address upon arrival, we will have an area for electors who request to have their identity checked in private. Polling stations will have male and female staff on hand.
Will I be turned away from the polling station if I do not produce the correct ID?
If you are not able to provide the correct ID at the polling station before 10pm on 2nd May 2019 then you will be refused a ballot paper for this election. If you arrive without the correct ID we will give you a list of acceptable ID types and you can return with ID before 10pm.
There are many forms of ID that will be accepted, with or without a photo, and most people should have them easily to hand.
For more information:
Visit our website
Call the elections team: 01332 640837