New Voter ID required in Local Elections Local elections are being held in Theydon Bois for the first time since new rules came into effect in May 2023. Voters in England now have to show photo ID to get their ballot paper in polling stations for local elections. On 2nd May this year, District, Parish, and Police Commissioner elections will be held in the village. You will not be able to vote unless you bring along acceptable ID.. Acceptable Documents:  These include:

  • passports
  • driving licences
  • Older or Disabled Person’s bus passes
  • Oyster 60+ cards

You can use out-of-date ID as long as you look the same. If you don’t have acceptable ID, you can exchange a paper driving licence for a photocard or apply for a photocard travel pass if you’re aged 60 or over, disabled, or registered blind or partially sighted. Anyone registered to vote who does not have the right photo ID – or who no longer looks like the picture on their ID – can apply for a new free document known as a Voter Authority certificate. This is available until Wednesday 24th April. You can apply online at the Electoral Commission, or you can contact Epping Forest District Council for a form. Don’t lose your vote. Remember to bring valid ID with you to the Polling Station this May.