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West Norfolk Council urge residents to claim free voting ID before it is too late

The deadline to claim a free voter ID ahead of the general election is fast approaching - with West Norfolk Council urging residents to sign up before it’s too late.

This is the first general election in which an ID is required in order to receive their ballot paper in the polling stations.

The deadline to get your free voter ID is 5pm on Wednesday.

The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is tomorrow. Picture: iStock
The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is tomorrow. Picture: iStock

Those without an accepted type of ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online or by applying for and submitting a paper form to West Norfolk Council.

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.

Craig Westwood, director of communications, policy and research, said: “Photo ID is now a requirement to vote at polling stations at the general election. If you do not have an accepted ID, you can still apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which is a free form of identification.

“The availability of free ID helps ensure elections remain accessible to all eligible voters. But it is crucial that anyone who needs one applies before the deadline. That date is fast approaching so don’t delay.”

As well as a national campaign from the Electoral Commission, West Norfolk Council has been encouraging residents to apply for voter ID through face-to-face support sessions held in Downham, Hunstanton and Lynn. The last one of these is taking place tomorrow (June 25).

Lorraine Gore, (acting) returning officer at West Norfolk Council, said: “As the deadline to apply for free ID fast approaches, it is important that residents make sure they’re election ready.

“If you need any help with applying for free ID or want to request an application form, please phone us on 01553 616200 or visit our website for more information but do it before the 5pm deadline on Wednesday 26 June.”Voters also have the option to vote by proxy.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday. For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote or how to apply by post or by proxy, voters can visit West Norfolk Council’s website.

Those who have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired IDs if they are still recognisable from the photo.

The general election is taking place on Thursday, July 4.

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