Urgent Voter ID reminder with only days left until important deadline

  • Monday 17 April 2023

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There is just over a week left for anyone who needs a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) to vote in Manchester’s 4 May local elections to apply for one.

Under new national rules you’ll need a VAC to vote at a polling station if you don’t have approved photo ID which includes documents – but is not limited to – documents such as a UK or EU passport, a photocard driving licence or parking Blue Badge – to take with you. The deadline to apply for a VAC is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.  

A full list of eligible photo ID can be found at The Electoral Commission.  Acceptable photo ID can be used even if it is out of date as long as the photo is still a good likeness of the elector. 

Voters who need assistance to find out whether they need a Voter Authority Certificate, and help to apply if they do, can access support sessions at libraries across the city. Visit www.manchester.gov.uk/voterIDsupport for more details.  

Photo ID is NOT required to vote by post. However, the deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April therefore urgent action is required if you wish to vote by post. 

Details on how to apply for a postal vote can be found at www.manchester.gov.uk/elections 

Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer for Manchester, said:

"Local elections are a regular occurrence, but this year’s elections are different. I’d urge anyone who may want to vote to take action now to make sure they’re able to do so. 

“If you plan to vote at a polling station, please check now whether you have eligible photo ID and if not make sure you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The last thing we want is for anyone to miss out because of the new national rules.”  

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