Voter ID

From the 16th January 2023 voters (or their proxy) will need to provide a photo ID in order to be able to vote in person at a polling station. Voters who do not show an acceptable form of photo ID will not be able to vote.

There are no scheduled elections taking place in Sutton in 2023. 

The next scheduled elections are the GLA elections on 2nd May 2024.  Although there are no scheduled elections until May 2024, it is important that residents are aware and can apply (if voter ID is needed) ready for future elections.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote?

You may already have a photo ID which is acceptable.  You can use any of the documents below; expired documents are accepted although the photo on any forms of photo ID must be a true likeness. Accepted photo ID include:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence)
  • Blue badge
  • Older person's bus pass
  • Disabled person's bus pass
  • Oyster 60+ card
  • Freedom pass
  • Identity card Proof of Age Standards Scheme (with PASS mark)
  • Biometric immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Voter Authority Certificate

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit the Electoral Commission's website

For more information about Voter ID, visit the Electoral Commission’s Voter ID webpage

I don’t have a suitable photo ID, what do I do?

If you do not have one of the acceptable forms of photo ID, or you are not sure if the photo ID looks like you, and you want to vote at your polling station, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.  You can apply online through the GOV.UK Voter Authority Certificate service 

If you are unable to complete the online application, you can request a paper application, please contact us on 020 8770 4179 for more information.

Voter ID - I am an anonymous voter

If you are registered as an anonymous voter, you will need to apply for an Anonymous Elector’s Document.  Please contact us on 020 8770 4179 for more information.

Voter ID - Postal and proxy voting

Postal voters will not be affected by voter ID. If you have applied and have a valid postal vote in place you will be issued postal ballot paper(s) at an election.

Proxy voters (someone that goes in person to vote on your behalf) will need to take and show their own photo ID in order to be issued a ballot paper.

For more information about Voter ID, visit the Electoral Commission’s Voter ID webpage

Accessibility

We assess and review our polling places and documents for every election to support voters with disabilities.

Sutton’s Returning Officer is required to take all reasonable steps to provide support to people with disabilities at polling stations.

The Returning Officer has a legal obligation to provide:

  • A notice inside and outside the polling station providing instructions on how to vote at the election
  • A notice in each polling booth providing information on how to mark the ballot paper at the election
  • At least one large sample copy of the ballot paper must be displayed inside the polling station
  • An enlarged hand-held copy of the ballot paper

Further equipment to assist and support voters with disabilities will be provided as a minimum to all polling stations.  If you have specific needs or ideas that will improve our support please contact us at electoralservices@sutton.gov.uk (if location and resources allow for reasonable adjustments).

Assistance to disabled voters in the polling station

Anyone over the age of 18 may accompany disabled voters in the polling station. Or the Presiding Officer can assist if you do not have a companion.