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Introduction

To vote in Scotland, you now need to show photo ID to vote at polling places in some elections.

This will apply to UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions.

Voters in Scotland will not need to show photo ID at Scottish Parliament elections or at council elections.

Introduction

To vote in England, you now need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions
  • Local elections and by-elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections

The deadline to apply for free voter ID for the elections on Thursday 2 May is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Introduction

To vote in Wales, you now need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections 

Voters in Wales will not need to show photo ID to vote at a polling station at Senedd elections or local council elections.

The deadline to apply for free voter ID for the elections on Thursday 2 May is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Introduction

To vote in the UK on polling day, you now need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations.

This will apply to UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions.

Introduction

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID at some elections. 

In Northern Ireland, voters have been required to show ID since 1985, and photo ID since 2003.

The new requirement does not change this.

Find out more about what photo ID is accepted and how to apply for an Electoral Identity Card on the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland website.

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