What is Voter ID?
Braintree District Council has been selected by the Cabinet Office to take part in the 2019 electoral integrity trials for the local elections on 2nd May.
Electoral fraud undermines democracy and takes away a person’s right to vote as they would like. The Voter ID trial will focus specifically on voter fraud at polling stations, where an individual pretends to be someone else known as “personation”.
We do not have any evidence of voter fraud or abuse of the electoral process in the Braintree District, however, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible so we should always be open to exploring ways to minimise any risk. This puts us in a good position to trial Voter ID to ensure that a solution to issues elsewhere can be effectively used in a rural location such as ours.
This change is not a permanent one, it is a trial that is being undertaken by the Cabinet Office. The Electoral Commission will carry out an evaluation of the trials and the findings will be published in the summer of 2019.
What does this mean for me?
When you go to vote at a polling station in the Braintree District, you will be asked to show either:
• One piece of photo ID
• Two pieces of non-photo ID, one of which must show your current address.
You will not be given your ballot paper until you have shown your ID.
If you are unable to provide any of the pieces of accepted ID, you will be able to apply for a free "Electoral Identity Document" from the Voter ID team. To go through your options and apply for an "Electoral Identity Document", please email VoterID@braintree.gov.uk or call 01376 552525
There will be no change to the way postal voting works.
The most common photo ID types are likely to be a passport, driving licence or bus pass, and common non-photo ID types are things like your Poll Card, Council Tax bill or bank card.