Facing up to rules on General Election day

People are being reminded that they will need to be registered to vote and show valid photo ID at polling stations in the General Election on 4 July.

This now applies to:
* Local elections
* UK General elections
* Police and Crime Commissioner elections
* UK parliamentary by-elections
* Recall petitions

Residents can apply for a free voter ID certificate, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if:
* You don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
* Are unsure whether your photo ID still looks like you
* You are worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reasons, such as the use of a gender marker.

Find out more about what ID is accepted and apply for free voter ID, if you need it, on the Electoral Commission’s website.

The deadline to apply for free voter ID in time for the 4 July General Election is 5pm on 26 June.

For people registered to vote by post, no photo ID will be required. This is because postal voting requires other identification checks, such as signature and date of birth verification.

Sarah Ashmead, Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Returning Officer, said: ‘I’d encourage you to make sure that you are registered to vote. The easiest way to do this is by visiting GOV.UK. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is 18 June 2024.”

Find out more about what to expect on polling day by visiting the council’s website.

The council is urging residents to share information with friends and relatives who may be unaware of the voter ID changes or need help with applying for necessary documents.

Booklets containing relevant information are also available at Bucks libraries; people can also use computers there to register to vote and find out more about voter ID.