Remember to bring your ID on 4th May election day


Cheshire East residents are being urged to remember their ID when they vote at polling stations tomorrow (4 May).

Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations before they can receive their ballot paper. This is a new requirement introduced by the UK Government that comes into effect for the first time at elections this week.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers' licence; some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person's bus pass; and the new free Voter Authority Certificate. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

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 4 May, don't forget to check your bag, wallet, or pocket to make sure you have the ID you need to vote.

"If a voter has concerns about showing their face at a polling station, because they wear a face covering for example, they can ask to have their ID checked in private. They won't need to give a reason for their request or explain why they'd prefer privacy.

"Staff will be trained to handle requests for ID to be checked in private, discreetly and with courtesy."

I have published brief interviews with each of the candidates that responded to my request, in the order in which they were received. Use the tags below to locate the candidate interviews.

2023 Cheshire East Council Election, 2023 Election, 2023 Handforth Town Council Election, 2023 Wilmslow Town Council Election


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jon Williams
Friday 5th May 2023 at 8:11 am
Glad it's all over, too much bickering gone on, like kids in a playground.
Vince Chadwick
Friday 5th May 2023 at 11:20 am
Quite rightly it seems there is going to be an investigation into the effect of the requirement for voter ID introduced recently by the Tories. Since voter fraud by personation is just about non existent, whereas voter fraud through postal voting is a problem that voter ID does not address, one must conclude the Tories had their own reasons for introducing the legislation.

Apparently quite a few people were prevented from voting yesterday because they lacked suitable ID. It would be interesting to know how they would have voted but there's probably no way of collecting such data.
Mark Goldsmith
Friday 5th May 2023 at 12:15 pm
The first result has been declared for Dean Row, Cheshire East:

Lata Anderson, RoW 703
Jack Illingworth, Conservative. 481
Olivia Walker, Lib/Dems 132
Spoilt papers 2

Lata Anderson for Residents of Wilmslow has been elected.
Toby Tritschler
Friday 5th May 2023 at 5:09 pm
I actually share some of your views on the use of Voter ID for in person voting when the problems have been around postal votes.
The polling stations were keeping a track of how many people were turned away through lack of ID, but that doesn't count those who didn't attend the site because they knew they didn't have ID. When I called round 6 polling stations in Wilmslow on Thursday evening, the numbers reported were in single figures for turned away, and some later came back with ID. So maybe the message got out in our area, but it does seem to have been an issue elsewhere.
Interestingly, if the Conservative plan was to exclude certain sections of society, it didn't help their vote share.
Vince Chadwick
Saturday 6th May 2023 at 7:52 am
Toby, it's in areas more deprived than Wilmslow that this legislation probably had greatest effect, since most Wilmslow residents will have several forms of ID to hand and can easily nip home to get one if they forget to bring it. That the Conservatives still did so badly despite this attempt to disenfranchise a sector of the electorate perhaps illustrates just how unpopular they are.

I rather liked the cheeky but barbed piece on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' last night:
"A bus pass counts as ID but a young person's railcard does not. That's just one step away from saying you can only vote on production of your Conservative Party membership card".

On a more serious note, the Electoral Reform Society website carries a petition to get this repressive legislation abolished. Needless to say, I have signed it.

By the way.... well done Residents Of Wilmslow! A superb result!