2019 Elections

Voter ID pilot

Watford has again agreed to take part in a pilot scheme, facilitated by the Cabinet Office, meaning voters within the borough will need to show ID before they can vote on 2 May 2019.

Voters in Watford Borough will be required to show their poll card before they can vote in the 2019 Watford Borough Ward Elections.

Everyone voting at a Watford polling station at this year’s elections should bring the current elections poll card with them in order to vote. Poll cards will be delivered around 23 March 2019 to electors within the borough. Keep it safe and bring it with you when you go to vote on 2 May 2019.

What happens if I don't have my poll card?

You should receive your poll card by 1 April 2019. If you have not received or misplaced your poll card after this date and before polling day, contact Watford Borough Council - e-mail elections@watford.gov.uk.

If you do not have your poll card you will be able to vote if you have one of the following with you:

  • Passport
    • a British passport or a passport issued by a Commonwealth Country, or a Crown Dependancy, or a member State of the European Economic Area
  • Photocard Driving Licence
    • a photocard driving licence (including a provisional licence) issued in the United Kingdom or by a Crown Dependency or by a member State of the European Union
  • Biometric Residence Permit
    • a biometric immigration document issued in the United Kingdom in accordance with regulations made under section 5 of the UK Borders Act 2007 
  • EEA Identity Card
    • an identity card issued in the European Economic Area which bears a photograph of the voter
  • Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
    • an electoral identity card issued under section 13C (electoral identity card: Northern Ireland) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 
  • A photocard parking permit issued as part of the Blue Badge scheme
  • A Pass Scheme Card (national proof of age standards scheme)
  • A Ministry of Defence Identity Card
  • A concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government
  • An Oyster 60+ Card

PLEASE NOTE: Credit and debit cards will not be an acceptable form of ID in the 2019 Watford Borough Ward Elections

Why is there a voter ID pilot?

The pilots are being conducted to identify the exact impact of voter ID, including its cost, before it is introduced nationally. All the additional costs for conducting the pilot are being fully funded by the Cabinet Office. 

Joining Watford are Braintree, Broxtowe, Craven, Derby, Mid Sussex, North Kesteven, North West Leicestershire, Pendle and Woking who have volunteered to take part in various pilots scheduled for the May 2019 local elections, which will require voters to similarly produce forms of ID before being issued with a ballot paper.

More information and media enquiries

To find out more about the voter ID pilots, visit the gov.uk website.

Click to view copy of the council's Equality Impact Assessment

For media enquiries call the Cabinet Office on 020 7276 2210 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm). The Cabinet Office has an out-of-hours service for urgent media enquiries – journalists can call 07074 667 000. Please note, this number cannot receive text messages.

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