Swindon Borough Council is taking part in the voter identification (voter ID) pilot. The pilot will require Swindon residents to produce their poll card as a form of identification before they are able to place their vote at a polling station in the local elections on 3 May 2018.

Swindon is one of five local authorities across England taking part in a Government-funded pilot to test the use of voter ID in local government elections to address electoral fraud. The pilots are the first in a series to allow the Electoral Commission and Government to evaluate the impact of asking for ID before a decision is taken on whether or not to roll it out nationally.

A poll card will be sent to you if you are registered to vote in a polling station by 26 April 2018. The poll card is the quickest and most convenient way to vote because it contains a unique barcode which will be scanned to prove identity. If you forget your poll card on the day you can present an alternative form of ID such as a passport. For a full list of accepted ID and more information, visit: swindon.gov.uk/VoterID.


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