Byelections: Voters reminded to bring photo ID to polling stations

Voting will take place in the Kearsley and Westhoughton North and Hunger Hill wards on November 16, following the resignation of two councillors.

The new rule was introduced by the government earlier this year, and Bolton voters were first required to show photo ID at polling stations during the local elections in May.

Accepted forms of ID include a passport, drivers’ licence (including provisional) and some concessionary travel passes such as an older person’s bus pass.

Voters can use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

A full listed of accepted forms of ID, along with information on what to expect at polling stations on the day, is available at

Sue Johnson, Bolton Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer for the election, said:

“It is vital that everyone who wants to have their say at local elections is able to do so.

“We want to remind voters in both wards to bring an accepted form of photo ID with them to the polling station on November 16.

“I would also urge residents to check that their friends, family, and neighbours remember to bring their ID, so that nobody who is eligible to vote is turned away on the day.”

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