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Deadline to apply for free voter ID fast approaching

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Time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the May elections is running out. Anyone who doesn’t already have an accepted form of ID will need to apply before the deadline at 5pm on 24 April.

For the first time, voters in Dorset will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper at the local elections on 2 May. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate

Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. Deadline for this is midnight on 16 April, it only takes five minutes to register online at

Those that 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 driving 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 ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Digital Champions can help you to apply for your Voter ID certificate. They are a group of friendly and patient volunteers who are good at explaining computers, without using jargon. They have an enthusiasm for all things digital and look forward to the chance to show you how it works. 

They offer digital support for a wide range of issues, no problem is too small.

To book to see a Digital Champion, please call 01305 221048.

Jonathan Mair, Director of Legal and Democratic at Dorset Council, said:

“As the deadline to apply for free ID looms, it is important that residents in Dorset make sure they’re election ready and can cast their vote at the polling station.  If you need any help applying for free ID or want to request an application form, you can contact the electoral services team.”

Tel: 01305 838299