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Want to vote in person at the local elections in May? Bring photo ID!

Published: Monday, 30th January 2023

Remember to register to vote, check your voter ID and vote at a polling station

Voting at a polling station? Check your voter ID.

Pendle residents will need to show photo ID to vote in the Pendle Borough Council and Town/Parish Council elections on Thursday 4 May. 

If you’re going to the polling station to vote in person or as a proxy voter on behalf of someone else, you’ll need to show photo ID before you’re given your ballot paper. 

Rose Rouse, Pendle Borough Council’s Returning Officer and Chief Executive, said: “This isn’t the first time Pendle voters have had to show photo ID when voting in person. 

“We took part in a pilot in 2019 which helped to shape the Voter ID scheme the Government has now introduced. 

“The pilot ran very smoothly and voting at the polling stations remained quick and simple.” 

Accepted forms of ID are: 

  • Passport  
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence)  
  • Blue badge  
  • Certain concessionary travel cards  
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)  
  • Biometric immigration document  
  • Defence identity card  
  • Certain national identity cards 

Andrea Mullin, Elections and Registration Manager, said: “You can still use your photo ID if it’s out of date, as long as it looks like you. 

“Don’t worry, if you don’t have photo ID you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate or a postal vote.” 

You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online via or you can request a paper copy by calling Pendle Borough Council’s Elections Team on (01282) 661662 or 661919 or emailing 

You can request a postal vote by downloading a form from or by emailing 

To vote in May you need to register to vote by midnight on Monday 17 April. It’s quick and easy to do online at 

For more information about what photo ID you need to bring or about applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, visit or call (01282) 661662 or 661919.