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Lichfield District Council and parish elections are taking place on Thursday 4 May 2023.

These important local elections are fast approaching, and key deadlines are coming up.

Make sure to check you can vote in a way that’s right for you.

Don’t forget to apply for your Voter Authority Certificate

This is the first election where photo ID will be mandatory at polling stations. Valid forms of photo ID can include:
  • A passport
  • A driving license or provisional license
  • Blue badge
  • Specific travel cards issued by Staffordshire County Council

If you don’t have a valid form of photo ID (these do not need to be in date, but do need to bear a true likeness to you), then you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. This can be done online or in person at District Council House (by appointment only).

You will receive a Voter Authority Certificate by post, delivered either to your home address or, by application to the Returning Officer, to District Council House.

Remember to apply for your Voter Authority Certificate by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023 so you can get it in time for polling day!

Apply for your postal or proxy vote

If you cannot get to a polling station on Thursday 4 May 2023, then it is easy to apply for a postal vote. You won’t need to have photo ID for a postal vote and applications can be made online. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

Alternatively, you may need to select a trusted person as your proxy during this election. This may be needed if you are overseas during this election period, for example. Your proxy will need to show their own form of photo ID, but not yours – and they can also vote by post on your behalf. To make a successful proxy vote application, keep in mind this must be done by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

Are you registered to vote?

Don’t forget to register! If not already registered to vote, this must be done by 11:59pm on Monday 17 April.