Published on 29th March 2023

Post it note with text about voter id for voting in next elections

Whilst the next elections in Cheltenham take place in 2024, from May 2023 residents will need to bring photo ID to their polling station to get their ballot papers.

This will apply to UK general elections from October 2023.

Kim Smith, electoral services manager for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “Although there are no local elections in Cheltenham this coming May, it’s important to ensure that you are registered to vote and have an accepted form of ID for the next elections.

“Local elections are an important opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who makes decisions about issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Cheltenham. If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important to make sure you are correctly registered to vote.

"If you’re in doubt or have any questions, you can check with us by contacting us on 01242 264132 or email”

A list of accepted forms of ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website. Those that do not have eligible ID can apply for free voter ID.

Ailsa Irvine, director of electoral administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “Registering to vote only takes five minutes and can be done online. Voters should also remember that they will need to bring photo ID to the polling station to be able to vote from May this year onwards.”

For more information on elections in Cheltenham visit the council’s webpages

For media enquiries, contact communications, telephone 01242 264154, email

Or the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or


  • The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act which was passed last year.
  • To apply for the free ID, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, voters will need to provide a photo, full name, date of birth, the address at which they are registered to vote and their National Insurance number.
  • If you have a postal vote, you are not required to have photo ID.