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.
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.
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.
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.