Voter ID, a new hurdle for voters. Desborough Labour Party
Desborough Labour Party

Voter ID, a new hurdle for voters.

The new system of Voter Identification did cause some problems at the recent Desborough Ward By-Election.

  • Quite a few people went to the Polling Station with no I.D. (or an I.D. that wasn’t acceptable).


  • There were a number who simply do not have a Driving Licence, a Passport, or a Bus Pass.


  • Some had a Utility Bill but the rules are that the I.D. must have a photograph on it so a gas or electricity bill is not accepted as proof of identity.

What to do?

There are two things you can do to get around these problems –

  1. Is to get a ‘Voter Identification Certificate’ From the Electoral Commission. All the details are set out on their website – Voter ID | Electoral Commission.


  1. Is to apply for a Postal Vote (you can now do this online) and all the details are available from the Electoral Commission on the website      – Apply to vote by post | Electoral Commission

With more elections on the horizon it is a good time to get a Postal Vote –

  1. Northamptonshire police, fire and crime commissioner on Thursday 2nd May 2024 (Note, the closing date for applications for a Postal Vote for this election has now passed)
  2. There must be a General Election before the 28th January 2025.
  3. Desborough Town Council and North Northants Council elections 1st May 2025
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