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Get registered and check your photo ID for May elections

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Be an early bird and make sure you are registered and have eligible photographic ID, enabling you to vote in person at this year’s elections which are being held in May.

Plymouth will go to the polls on 2 May and vote for their representatives on Plymouth City Council and the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner.

As a reminder, those who want to vote in the elections, must be registered to vote by the 16 April 2024. If you aren't already registered it only takes five minutes to register online. Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote. 

First introduced for the elections last year, those wanting to vote in person will need to also make sure they have eligible photo ID. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a full or provisional UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass and a blue badge.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can now apply for free Voter Authority Certificate online or by completing a paper form which is available from the Council. The deadline to apply for this ID is 24 April 2024.

The key dates to remember are:

  • Deadline to register to vote: 16 April 2024
  • Deadline to apply or change a postal vote: 17 April 2024
  • Deadline to apply for Voter ID certificate: 24 April 2024
  • Deadline to apply for a proxy vote: 24 April 2024

Tracey Lee, Returning Officer for Plymouth, said: “Whilst the elections might seem some way off, we are keen to encourage everyone to make sure they are able to cast their ballot before it gets too late. 

“As a reminder - anyone voting at a polling station this May will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. It’s important that everyone understands what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it. 

“With elections taking place in Plymouth on 2 May 2024, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they are registered to vote and have an accepted form of ID.

“Don’t put it off or wait until it is too late. It may seem early but being an early bird makes sure you will be ready to vote in May. 

“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form which is available by calling 01752 304866.”

More information on registering to vote, what voter ID will be accepted or how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate is available on the Plymouth City Council website. Anyone not able to visit the Council website, or apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online, can contact the Council by calling 01752 304866 or emailing: