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Remember your photo ID

Congleton residents are being urged to remember their photo ID when they go to vote on Thursday 4 May. For the first time, voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations before they can receive their ballot paper.

Accepted forms of ID include:

  • UK, European and Commonwealth passports
  • UK or European drivers’ licences
  • Some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass
  • The new free Voter Authority Certificate

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission website.

In Congleton, all the seats are contested, with more people than places available! There are 47 people who want to be a town councillor, for the 22 seats up for grabs. There are 21 candidates standing to be a Cheshire East Councillor for the six roles available. You can see full details of who is asking for your vote on the town council’s web page: Elections 2023-2027 – Congleton Town Council

At a polling station voters will be required to present ID and for it to be checked by staff. A private area will be available at the polling station so a voter can choose to have their photo ID viewed in private if they like. Staff will be trained to handle requests for ID to be checked in private, discreetly and with courtesy.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission, said: “Anyone voting at a polling station in England will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. Before you head to the polling station on Thursday, don’t forget to check your bag, wallet, or pocket to make sure you have the ID you need to vote.”

Cheshire East Council is responsible for managing the borough elections, to find out more visit Elections 4 May 2023 or telephone: 0300 123 5016 if you require assistance.

For further information about the elections, visit the Electoral Commission website: Electoral Commission