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By-election voters reminded of need for photo ID when casting their ballot


Voters heading to the polls in Thursday’s Tendring District Council (TDC) by-election are being reminded that they need to take an accepted form of photo identification with them.

Electors in the Bluehouse ward, in Clacton, are voting for one councillor to represent them on TDC, following the resignation of one of their previous councillors at the end of last year.

Polling stations in the ward will open at 7am on Thursday and close at 10pm, before the ballots are counted. The polling stations are at Albert Edward Hall and Coppins Hall Community Centre.

Following the introduction of new legislation last year, electors casting their ballot in person at a polling station must show an accepted form of photo ID before they can vote for one of the ten candidates.

Accepted forms of ID include: a UK or Commonwealth passport; a UK driving licence; a PASS card; Blue Badge; Older Person’s bus pass; or a Voter Authority Certificate.

For more information about Voter ID, including the full list of accepted photo identification, visit the TDC website at

A few hundred electors have already cast their vote in this election as they have opted to vote by post.

Ian Davidson, Returning Officer, said it was important people took their photo ID with them.

“Although photo ID was a requirement for voters at our all-out elections last year, we recognise this is still a relatively new measure and so want to remind people to take one of the prescribed forms of ID with them when they go to vote,” Mr Davidson said.

“Remember the prescribed identity document can be expired, provided the photo is still a good likeness of you.

“Anyone who forgets their ID – or brings ID that is not on the prescribed list – can return later, provided it is before 10pm when polling stations close.”

Anyone who does not have one of the prescribed forms of ID but still wishes to vote should contact Tendring District Council’s Elections team on 01255 686575 to look at other options to enable their voice to be heard in the by-election.

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