Voter ID pilot

We are taking part in the voter ID pilot

Bromley has signed up to a pilot scheme, run by the Cabinet Office, that will mean voters within the borough will need to show ID before they can vote next May.

The trial is likely to be the first in a series of pilots to allow the Electoral Commission and Cabinet Office to evaluate the impact of asking for ID before a decision is taken on whether or not to roll it out nationally.

The move comes after reports of alleged electoral fraud through voter impersonation more than doubled between 2014 and 2016, according to national figures from the Electoral Commission.

Joining Bromley are Woking, Gosport and Watford who have also volunteered to take part in the trial scheduled for the May 2018 local elections, which will require voters to produce ID before being issued with a ballot paper.

The form of identification to be used will be set by the councils, but the pilot will involve trialling both photo ID and non-photo ID to see what is most effective and efficient.

Many countries around the world have already made it a requirement to prove identity at a polling station including Northern Ireland.

Frequently asked questions

Why is Bromley taking part, but not other neighbouring local authorities? 

The opportunity to pilot voter ID in May 2018 was offered on a number of occasions to all local authorities in Great Britain and a number have committed to do so. The opportunity to join the pilot scheme is still open to any authority with elections in May 2018 but will close in the coming weeks.

What types of ID will be tested?

The Cabinet Office is working with local authorities to agree the forms of photo and non-photo ID that will be tested. We estimate that we will be in a position to announce the types of ID to be tested in Bromley in mid-January 2018. 

What happens if people don’t have ID? Will they be turned away?

The Cabinet Office is working with local authorities to make sure every eligible elector knows that they need to bring ID to a polling station to vote - there will be extensive and tailored awareness raising campaigns in each pilot authority and care will be taken to ensure that electors are able to provide adequate identification. If they are unable to do so they will not be able to vote.

How much will it cost and who is paying? 

The pilots are being conducted to identify the exact impact of voter ID, including its cost, before it is introduced nationally. The additional costs will be fully funded by Cabinet Office. 

Is there further information available?

You can find out more about the voter ID pilots on the website