With voters making their way to polling stations tomorrow, the Electoral Commission is urging people to make sure they’re ready to vote.

Unlike previous elections, this time voters are required to provide photographic identification before they are able to receive their ballot paper. 

In our area, residents from Holsworthy and Torridge will be taking to the polls to cast their vote, voters will be required to present ID which will be checked by polling station staff. A private area will be available at the polling station so a voter can choose to have their photo ID viewed in private. 

Some of the accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card; and the new free Voter Authority Certificate. Voters will also be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. 

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research at the Electoral Commission, said: “Anyone voting at a polling station in England will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. Before you head to the polling station, don’t forget to check your bag, wallet, or pocket to make sure you have the ID you need to vote. 

“Polling stations will be open from 7AM to 10PM. If you don’t remember your ID when you arrive at a polling station, you can return with it later in the day."

A full list of accepted forms of ID can be found here.