Get Ready for Your Local Elections
Town/Parish and District Council Elections will take place across Mid Devon on 4 May 2023 and we are encouraging voters to get ready now.
For the first time all voters will need to bring a valid form of photo ID with them to the polling station, following the introduction of voter ID by the Government.
All 42 seats in the district and all 435 seats in the towns/parishes are up for election and if you wish to vote you must bring photo ID with you. Following a review of boundaries some of the wards in the district may have different names or boundary lines to previous elections, but this will be made clear on your polling card (delivered in March) and is also available to view on an interactive map now.
If you don’t have a valid form of photo ID (see list below) you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC). If you do not want to vote in person remember you can also apply for a postal vote or in some cases a proxy vote.
Returning Officer at Mid Devon District Council, Jill May, said: “We want to ensure every person in our community who is eligible to cast their vote has a chance to do so. These elections take place every four years so this really is your chance to have your say on who will represent you and your community at a very local level.”
The forms of ID you can use to vote are:
- UK passport
- A passport issued by an EEA (European Economic Area) state or a Commonwealth country
- EEA identity card
- Driving license (including provisional licence)
- A biometric immigration document
- Older person’s bus pass
- Disabled person’s bus pass
- A blue badge
- A PASS identity card
- Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
If you have one of the above which is out of date, you can use this at the polling station if it still looks like you. If you don’t already have a form of photo ID, or you are not sure whether your photo still looks like you, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC). You can apply for a VAC online or contact the Elections team for a paper copy firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember in order to vote you must also be registered. Please take note of the important deadlines in order to ensure you can cast your vote this May.
Latest date to register as an elector is Monday 17 April 2023.
Deadline for submission of a postal vote application form is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.
Deadline for submission of a proxy vote applicaiton form is 5pmm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.
Deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate IS 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.
For more information please contact:
Communications, Mid Devon District Council
Tel: 01884 234232