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Elections and voting

How and where can I vote?

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot:

  • in person
  • by post
  • by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote

You can vote at the polling station within your ward, this station will be identified on your poll card. Polling stations are open 7am to 10pm.

From May 2023, you will be required to show an official form of photographic identification (ID) when you vote in person at a polling station.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • a passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
  • a driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
  • a biometric immigration document
  • an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • a Blue Badge
  • a national identity card issued by an EEA state
  • an Older Person's Bus Pass
  • a Disabled Person's Bus Pass
  • an Oyster 60+ Card
  • a Freedom Pass
  • a Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
  • a 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • a Disabled Person's Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • a Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • a Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person's SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • a War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • a 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • a Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • an Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

If you do not have any of the accepted forms of ID you can apply online for a free Voter Authority Certificate - this is a photographic identity document specifically for the purpose of voting.

If you are unable to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy (where someone votes on your behalf). More information and application forms can be found on the Electoral Commission website. Completed application forms need to be returned to Electoral Services, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF or via email to elections@great-yarmouth.gov.uk as soon as possible.

Last modified on 26 January 2023

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