The deadline to apply for FREE Voter photo ID is fast approaching for people planning to vote in person at a polling station to elect a new Somerset Councillor to represent Castle Cary.

One of the two Somerset Council seats is currently vacant, and electors will be going to the polls on 10 August.

Voters must show photo ID to receive their ballot paper in polling stations. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a free Voter Authority Certificate by 2 August at Apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’).

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a passport type photograph.

Those who have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Key links:

For information on the Castle Cary by election visit Electoral Services (

For Voter ID visit Apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’).

Graphic showing the need to bring ID to vote

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July 28, 2023

Debbie Rundle

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