Council delivers public reminder to register to vote

By Jessica Durston - 6 February 2023


Swindon Borough Council are reminding members of the public to register to vote before 17 April, in time for the May local elections.

With the local elections only a few months away, the council are urging people to make sure they are up to speed with the new changes to be able to cast their votes on Thursday, 4 May.

Individuals are being reminded to register to vote before 17 April - the council says normally people only need to register once, rather than for every election.

More information on registering to vote can be found on the Gov UK website at:

Members of the public will, however, need to register again if they have changed their name, address, or nationality.

Following a national change, people will now need to take a form of photo ID with them to vote at a polling station.

The council says accepted forms of photo ID include passports, photographic driving licences, biometric immigration documents and some concessionary travel passes.

A spokesperson for Swindon Borough Council added: "Poll cards are not accepted forms of photo ID. You can still use your ID even if it’s out of date – as long as it still looks like you and the name matches the one you’re registered to vote with.

"If you don't have a form of accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC)."

A full list of accepted forms of identification and further details on how to apply for the Voter Authority Certificate can be found at:

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