Voter ID Pilot in North Kesteven

Elections will be held in North Kesteven on 2 May 2019 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 2 May. This only affects people voting in person at polling stations, postal voters have their identification verified by their signatures and date of births.

The list of acceptable ID has been confirmed by the Cabinet Office as set out below.  Details will also be provided on the back of poll cards which will be sent out around 26 March.

Further information about permitted IDs

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 do not have any of the types of identification as listed above, then you can apply to have a Local Elector Identification Document, free of charge, especially for this election. 

There is an application to complete and your application must be attested by a ‘Person of Good Standing’ in the community. 

In making this application, you will be declaring that you do not have any of the required identification. 

And you will be required to bring one other form of non-photo ID with you to the polling station – this could be your poll card. 

You must apply by 5pm on 1 May 2019. 

Get in touch with our Elections team on 01529 308214 for further guidance. 

In North Kesteven there is 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. 

If you do not have any of the types of identification as listed above, then you can apply to have a Local Elector Identification Document, free of charge, especially for this election. 

Your application must be attested by a ‘Person of Good Standing’ in the community and in making this application, you will be declaring that you do not have any of the required identification. 

You must apply by 5pm on 1 May 2019. 

Get in touch with our Elections team on 01529 308214 for further guidance. 

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 online at Gov.uk; 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 Hykeham. 

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.

Please see our How to Vote guide for more information on what happens at a polling station and what you need to take with you.

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.

Please see our How to Vote guide for more information on what happens at a polling station and what you need to take with you.

If you choose to vote by post nothing will change. 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. 

You won’t need to present any ID as your identification is verified by your signature and date of birth.

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

No we can only accept paper/original versions or a certified copy.

Yes you can use your polling card as ID but you will need to bring another kind of paper ID as well. Two kinds of non-photo ID are required. Your polling card has your registered address on so the other ID can be a bank card. Please see the question ‘Which IDs will be accepted?’ for the full list of accepted IDs that can be used.

You need to have ID with the same name that is listed on the electoral register. Alterations to the register can be made until 12 April 2019. After this date if you have no suitable ID that can be used you can apply to have a Local Elector Identification Document, free of charge up to 5pm on 1 May 2019.

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.

Yes, as long as the photo is still a good likeness to prove your identity. Alternatively, you can provide two other kinds of non-photo ID, one of which must also show your electoral registered address.

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.

If you are not able to provide the correct ID at the polling station before 10pm on 2 May 2019 then you will be refused a ballot paper for this election

There are many forms of ID that will be accepted, with or without a photo, and most people should have them easily to hand.

If you don’t have any of the ID options then a Local Elector ID can only be applied for up to 5pm on Wednesday 1 May.

If you forget your ID you can go home to collect some and return to your polling station anytime until 10pm that same day. If you cannot show any of the accepted forms of ID on polling day you will be unable to vote in this election. 

It could take a little longer than usual because of the need to check ID and make a note of what types of ID are used. There could be the possibility of short queues forming at busy times.

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.

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.

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).

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.

In 2018, five local authorities (Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking) participated in the first Electoral Integrity Pilots. The full Evaluation Report is available to download and view.

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.

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. 

In NK 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 on 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. 

If you are registered elector and have lost or misplaced your poll card, then you can apply for a replacement poll card up until 5pm on polling day - 2 May 2019.  This may be provided if the Returning Officer is satisfied as to your identity, that you cannot provide the required identification without a replacement poll card and there is no reason to doubt that you have lost or not received your poll card. 

Please contact the Elections Office on 01529 308214 for further guidance. 

Please note that poll cards will only be posted from 26 March 2019.

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.

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. 

The Council has considered the impact of this pilot on all the equality groups through the Council’s Equality Impact Assessment.

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 following is a list of the acceptable forms of ID you will need in order to vote at the local elections on May 2, 2019. 

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

Photo ID

Further information about permitted IDs

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

Further information about permitted IDs

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.