April 2023 Cherwell Link

The lowdown on Voter ID

A purple post-it note reads you now need photo ID to vote

A third of the seats on the council are up for election on Thursday 4 May.

For the first time, voters will need to show photo ID when casting their vote at a polling station.

You've probably already got an accepted form of ID but we've launched a district-wide public information campaign to raise awareness and help you plan accordingly.

A brightly coloured bin hanger may already have appeared on your green bin, or perhaps you've noticed the voter ID message on one of our billboards, bin lorries, or in your annual council tax bill.

Yvonne Rees, Returning Officer, said: “Photo ID is not needed for postal voting, but if you’re voting at a polling station you should check that you have an accepted form of ID. Most eligible voters will have ID they can use, but if not, they can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate online, on a paper form, or in person. We are here to help and our staff will be on hand across the district running pop-up stalls to help electors.”

The pop-up events will be held at venues including:

  • Bicester Market 14 April
  • Banbury Market 20 April,
  • Exeter Hall, Kidlington every Thursday.

Find out more

More information about the voter ID requirement and useful links to other key information for voters can be found here.

Voter ID