Voter ID Pilot in Gosport

I have been asked by Gosport Borough Council to add this. Though I hope many people will vote, I am not a fan of the Voter ID Pilot.

Bring ID to vote on 3 May

To vote at a polling station on 3 May, in the Gosport Borough Council elections, you’ll need to take identification with you.

This is because Gosport is taking part in a national trial of using ID when voting, as a way of making elections more secure.

You can bring one form of specified photo ID, like a passport or driving licence. Or you can bring two forms of specified non-photo ID, like a council tax bill and a bank statement.

 If you don’t have acceptable ID, you can apply for an electoral identity letter to bring to the polling station instead. Or, you can apply for a postal vote.

You’ll need to produce acceptable ID or an electoral identity letter before being issued with a ballot paper in the polling station.

The trial will help the Electoral Commission and the Cabinet Office to evaluate the impact of asking for ID, before a decision is taken on whether or not to roll it out nationally. 

Many countries have already made it a requirement to prove identity at a polling station, including Northern Ireland.

To find out more, and see the list of acceptable forms of ID:

  • search ‘voter ID’ at www.gosport.gov.uk
  • call 023 9254 5227
  • email electoral.registration@gosport.gov.uk
  • visit the Town Hall in the High Street, Gosport

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