Voter ID Pilot in North Kesteven

Elections will be held in North Kesteven on May 2 to choose district and parish councillors.

And for the first time, anyone wanting to vote at a polling station on this day will need to take some kind of identification (ID) with them. This is to prove that they are who they say they are.

It is part of a national electoral integrity pilot looking into ways to ensure the security of the voting process and reduce the risk of voter fraud.

Locally, the requirement to bring ID only applies to North Kesteven – no where else in Lincolnshire - and only for the local elections on May 2. And it only affects people voting in person at polling stations. Postal voters have their identification verified in other ways.

When we have a conclusive list, you will be able to find a full list of the accepted types of ID further down this page or in a downloadable PDF guide.

FAQs

To vote at a polling station you will need to provide either one type of photo ID – such as a driving licence, passport or bus pass – or two other kinds of non-photo ID, such a bank card, statement, council tax bill or poll card. One of the non-photo IDs will need to include your elector-registered address.

If you are a postal voter this will not affect you.

A full list of provisional accepted ID types can be found at the bottom of this page.

 The list below is indicative and may still be subject to change.

Any updates will be made on this page in early March and the full and final list will be promoted extensively, including on the Poll Card sent to all registered electors in late March, well ahead of Polling Day.

Although not yet finalised, it is felt beneficial to allow electors to familiarise themselves with the requirements at this stage.

Photo ID

If using photo ID, you only need to bring one of these with you to the Polling Station:

  • a passport issued by a Commonwealth country or a country within the European Economic Area;
  • a photocard driving licence (including a provisional licence);
  • a photocard parking permit issued as part of the Blue Badge scheme;
  • a concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government;
  • a Ministry of Defence Identity Card;
  • a PASS scheme card (national proof of age standards scheme);
  • an identity card issued in the European Economic Area which bears a photograph of the voter;
  • a biometric immigration document issued in the United Kingdom;
  • an Oyster 60+ pass;
  • an electoral identity card issued in Northern Ireland.
Non-photo ID

If you don’t have one of the photo IDs listed above, you’ll need to bring two types of ID from the list below. At least one of them must contain your name and address (the address at which you are registered to vote) and they must be presented in hard copy, not digitally (such as on a phone or tablet).

  • a Poll Card for the election
  • a driving licence (including a provisional licence) which is not in the form of a photocard;
  • a valid bank or building society debit card or credit card;
  • a mortgage statement dated within 12 months of election day;
  • a bank or building society statement, or a letter from the bank or building society confirming the opening of an account, dated within 3 months of election day;
  • a bank or building society cheque book or building society passbook;
  • a credit card statement dated within 3 months of election day;
  • a Council Tax demand letter or statement dated within 12 months of election day;
  • a utility bill dated within 3 months of election day;
  • a Form P45 or Form P60 issued within 12 months of election day;
  • a National Insurance card or letter issuing your NI number;
  • a statement of benefits or entitlement to benefits, or a letter confirming entitlement to housing benefit;
  • a birth certificate;
  • a marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate;
  • an adoption certificate;
  • a student loan statement issued by the Student Loan Company dated within 12 months of election day.;
  • a firearms certificate granted under the Firearms Act 1968;
  • the record of a decision on bail made in respect of the voter.
Local Elector Identification Document

If you can’t satisfy the requirement for ID from the lists above, you can apply to have a Local Elector Identification Document made up, free of charge, especially for this election.

This is effectively an authenticated letter with characteristics that ensure it cannot be duplicated.

To apply contact the Council on 01529 414155.

In North Kesteven there will be a wide range of ID options to choose from, which should be easily accessible for most people. This mixed ID model has been selected for trial locally to ensure the broadest possible access, but we appreciate that some people might struggle to identify what’s the most suitable options.

Where you don’t have any of these to hand, there will be arrangements to have a verified Local Elector ID made up specifically for this election. This will be free and ensure everyone eligible has the opportunity to vote if they want to.

Detail of this is still being worked out to ensure it is secure and widely accessible. All electors will be told about it and how to apply if they need to because they do not have the other IDs available.

You can only vote if you are registered to. You must be aged 18 or older on Election Day. You have to be British, Irish, a national of a Commonwealth country or a national of an EU Member state.

Deadline for registration for the May 2 elections is midnight on Friday, April 12. It only takes a few minutes to complete online.

You can do it quickly and easily at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote; by getting in touch with the Council on 01529 414155; or by picking up a registration form from the Council at Kesteven Street in Sleaford or the Info Links at ONE NK in North Kesteven. 

You can apply for a postal or proxy vote by emailing elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk or calling on 01529 414155. Deadline for this is 5pm on Monday, April 15. 

If you have moved house in the last year it is especially important to ensure you are registered at your current address.

There is an extensive plan to ensure that every elector in every household within North Kesteven is aware of the requirement to have ID with them at the polling station on May 2; and how to access the Local Elector ID if they need one.

This will include direct inserts of leaflets within the Council Tax Bill, a letter advising householders who is registered to vote at their address, the poll card for each registered elector and further correspondence, materials, engagement events and media reports across the District.

Elections will take place as usual.

Your Poll Card will advise you which Polling Station you should go to in order to cast your vote, on the day, between 7am and 10pm.

Because of the need to check ID and make a note of what types of ID are used, you should anticipate the process of receiving your ballot paper taking a little longer than usual and the possibility of short queues forming at busy times.

No details will be taken from the ID you use, only a note of what type you use in order to inform Government on which are the most popular types.

Ballots will only take place for the district and parish council wards which are contested by their being more candidates than the number of available seats.

If you choose to vote by post nothing will change. You won’t need to present any ID as your identification is verified by your signature.

Voter ID has no impact on postal voting, only voting at polling stations. 

You can apply for a postal vote by emailing elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk or calling on 01529 414155. Deadline for this is 5pm on Monday, April 15. 

In some cases people make arrangements for someone else to vote on their behalf, by proxy. 

Those people acting as proxies will also need to bring their own ID with them to the polling station. (They do not take ID for the elector that they proxy for).

North Kesteven is one of 10 areas across the country chosen to test the principles of Voter ID. 

Given the district’s rural nature and specific circumstances there are significant ways through which a local trial can better inform the Government as it explores options for any national rollout of Voter ID at future elections.

We are not aware of any complaints, allegations or actual incidents of electoral fraud within North Kesteven, but we want to enhance voters’ confidence that their vote is safe and will be counted.

At present no one needs to prove who they say they are to get a ballot paper and it is possible – although rare – for someone else to imitate you at the polling station and steal your vote.

Electoral fraud undermines democracy and takes away a person’s right to vote as they would like. The Voter ID pilot focuses specifically on polling stations where, in the absence of the need to provide ID, someone else could potentially pretend to be you and secure your ballot (known as ‘personation’).

ID is needed to pick up a parcel at the post office or rent a car and it is thought that more probity at the polling station would boost the integrity of the electoral process.

No, for now it is a trial that affects only the local parish and district elections on Thursday, May 2.

If any other election is held at any other time during this year, you won’t need to present ID for voting; likewise if the local elections are combined with any other polls on May 2.

This trial is being carried out on behalf of the Cabinet Office to test systems of voter ID for enhancing electoral integrity. All additional costs incurred directly by the exercise will be met by the Government; not by the Council.

We want to make sure all eligible voters voices are heard and it is in nobody’s interest for any elector to be left out.  We have wide-ranging plans to let everyone know about the need to bring ID and know the different options available to them if they don’t have any available. 

If you, or someone you know, doesn’t have any ID please read the question ‘What if I don’t have any ID?’ to find out what to do.  We are taking extra steps to work with a wide range of organisations, community groups and venues, charities, volunteer groups and businesses across North Kesteven to reach as many people as possible.

In NK both we are running a pilot with the widest possible selection of both photo and non-photo ID available. The list of ID that we expect to be accepted can be seen at the bottom of this page. 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 for advice. 

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. 

From February 2019 North Kesteven will be running one of the biggest publicity campaigns ever planned in the District. The methods planned to be used include: 

  • NKDC Electoral Services Housing Notification Letter (sent to all homes in the District confirming who is registered to vote at that address) and a leaflet about the Voter ID Pilot
  • NewsNK newspaper (goes to all homes in the District)
  • Posters on the Councils’ waste collection vehicles
  • Leaflet sent out with council tax bill to all homes in the District
  • Social media campaign
  • Displays in community facilities including supermarkets and leisure centres
  • ID Details on poll cards to all registered voters
  • Leaflets and posters distributed to community buildings and groups
  • Contact with voluntary and community groups and charities

PROVISIONAL - The List of IDs

When you go to vote on 2 May you’ll need to bring either one type of photo ID or two kinds of non-photo ID to the polling station.

Without them you won’t be issued a ballot paper for this election.

The most common photo ID types are likely to be passport, driving licence or bus pass. Common non-photo IDs include your poll card or bank card or a utility bill or financial statement.

The list below may be subject to change. Any updates will be made here in early March and the full and final list will be promoted by the Council, including on the Poll Card sent to all registered electors before Polling Day.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of ID you will need in order to vote at the local elections on May 2, 2019. Please note this list is subject to change and will be finalised in March 2019.

The final list will be shown on the poll card which will be sent to every elector at the end of March 2019.

Photo ID

If using photo ID, you only need to bring one of these with you to the Polling Station:

  • a passport issued by a Commonwealth country or a country within the European Economic Area;
  • a photocard driving licence (including a provisional licence);
  • a photocard parking permit issued as part of the Blue Badge scheme;
  • a concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government;
  • a Ministry of Defence Identity Card;
  • a PASS scheme card (national proof of age standards scheme);
  • an identity card issued in the European Economic Area which bears a photograph of the voter;
  • a biometric immigration document issued in the United Kingdom;
  • an Oyster 60+ pass;
  • an electoral identity card issued in Northern Ireland.

Non-photo ID

If you don’t have one of the photo IDs listed above, you’ll need to bring two types of ID from the list below. At least one of them must contain your name and address (the address at which you are registered to vote) and they must be presented in hard copy, not digitally (such as on a phone or tablet).

  • a Poll Card for the election
  • a driving licence (including a provisional licence) which is not in the form of a photocard;
  • a valid bank or building society debit card or credit card;
  • a mortgage statement dated within 12 months of election day;
  • a bank or building society statement, or a letter from the bank or building society confirming the opening of an account, dated within 3 months of election day;
  • a bank or building society cheque book or building society passbook;
  • a credit card statement dated within 3 months of election day;
  • a Council Tax demand letter or statement dated within 12 months of election day;
  • a utility bill dated within 3 months of election day;
  • a Form P45 or Form P60 issued within 12 months of election day;
  • a National Insurance card or letter issuing your NI number;
  • a statement of benefits or entitlement to benefits, or a letter confirming entitlement to housing benefit;
  • a birth certificate;
  • a marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate;
  • an adoption certificate;
  • a student loan statement issued by the Student Loan Company dated within 12 months of election day.;
  • a firearms certificate granted under the Firearms Act 1968;
  • the record of a decision on bail made in respect of the voter.

Please note: The final list of ID methods have not yet been agreed. The list on this page is provisional.