You’ll have to show your poll card when you come to vote in our polling stations on Thursday 3 May.
Watford is taking part in a government-led pilot scheme to make sure everyone who votes is who they say they are.
We’re taking part in a government-led pilot with four other local authorities - Bromley, Gosport, Slough and Woking. This is looking at the best way to tackle possible election fraud by making sure that the person presenting themselves at the polling station to vote is the person they say they are. This follows Electoral Commission reports that, nationwide, there has been a sharp rise in voter impersonation since 2014.
Nothing else will change – just remember to bring your poll card with you when you come to vote. And if you’ve lost your poll card, please bring along one of the following:
- Valid passport
- Current UK or EU photo-card driving licence
- Valid credit or debit card
- Biometric residence permit
- EEA Identity Card
- Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
The changes won’t affect our postal vote system, where participants sign the form they send to us and we conduct a date of birth check to prove their identity.
Once the results are in from the pilot schemes, the Electoral Commission and Cabinet Office will evaluate the impact of asking voters for ID before deciding whether or not to roll it out nationally.
Carol Chen, Head of Democracy and Governance at the council, explains: “Electoral fraud and voter impersonation has not been an issue for Watford. The government chose us because we run our elections well and were happy to support them with this initiative. So it is really important to keep your poll card safe once it has been delivered and bring it along on the day.”
Find out more about the voter ID pilot.