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Don’t forget photo ID if voting at polling station in May elections

Published: 19 March 2024

Don’t forget photo ID if voting at polling station in May elections Remember your voter ID

With just over six weeks to go until this year’s elections, people are being reminded that they will need photo ID if they are going to vote at a polling station.

Elections for the City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly take place on Thursday 2 May, with polling stations open across the city from 7am to 10pm.

Those who are not on the electoral register can register to vote by visiting the Electoral Commission website at It only takes five minutes and people will need their National Insurance number. Those who can’t register online can download a paper form.

When it comes to the big day, voters will need to show photo ID to vote at a polling station. The deadline for free voter ID for the May elections is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

There are a number of accepted forms of ID that can be shown at the polling station. This includes:

  • Passports
  • Driving Licence
  • Blue Badge
  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

For a full list of accepted ID, along with more information about the requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, go to

Many residents however elect to vote by post and there is still time to apply for a postal vote. Applications however must be received by the Council by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. Registering for a postal vote is easy and can be done online on the City Council website at

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