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Voting and Elections

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Voter ID

Following a change in the law by the Government, you now need to show photo ID to be able to vote in UK elections.

If you do not bring photo ID with you to the polling station and produce it when asked, then you will not be able to cast your vote.

The video below explains more about the new voter ID requirement. It was produced for the local elections held on 4 May 2023 when voter ID was introduced for the first time, but the information is still valid for all UK elections. 

Which forms of photo ID can I use to vote?

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy. You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable.  You can use any of the following:

  • 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
  • Photocard Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)
  • A Blue Badge
  • Older Person’s Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
  • Voter Authority Certificate
  • Anonymous Elector's Document
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland.

What if I don’t have an accepted form of photo ID?

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

The photo ID requirement will be in force for the next UK General Election which must be held sometime before January 2025. You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at any time, you do not need to wait for an election to be called.

Apply for a free voter authority certificate on GOV.UK.

Applying for a Voter Authority Certificate online is the fastest way to get voter photo ID if you do not already have an accepted form of photo ID. If you cannot use the online system, then please visit our Customer Contact Centres in Evesham, Droitwich or Pershore and our customer service staff will be happy to help you. 

Find out the opening times of Wychavon's Customer Contact Centres.

You can also call our elections team to request a paper application form by calling 01386 565437 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

When applying for a Voter Authority Certificate you will need to supply us with some basic details and a photograph. Watch our video guide below to see how to take your photo correctly.

Find out more about Voter ID

If you have any general questions about the introduction of Voter ID then please visit the Electoral Commission Voter ID page, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you need help with applying for Voter ID or have a specific query about Voter ID, then call our elections team on 01386 565437 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Register to vote

You can register to vote on the Government's website. This is the fastest way of registering.

Before you register you will need to know your national insurance number. If you do not have a national insurance number, or have lost it, please contact us.

Usually within three to six weeks of the Electoral Registration Officer receiving your application your name will be added to the Register of Electors as long as your details can be correctly verified.

We will write and confirm that your name has been added to the Register.

Apply to vote by post

Voting by post allows you to vote at home without needing to visit a polling station. Before each election we will send your ballot paper to you in the post with a form to complete with your date of birth and signature.

For more information and to apply for a postal vote please visit Apply for a postal vote - GOV.UK. If you need any assistance please contact Electoral Services – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 01386 565437

Apply to vote by proxy

If you cannot make it to a polling station on polling day then you can send someone else to vote on your behalf. This is called voting by proxy. 

The person you nominate as your proxy must be registered to vote and will need to be able to show valid photo ID at the polling station.

You can apply to vote by proxy as a one-off for a particular election or for a permanent proxy vote if your circumstances mean you will have difficulty getting to a polling station long-term.

For more information and to apply for a proxy vote please go to Apply for a proxy vote - GOV.UK

The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is normally six working days before an election. However, in some circumstances emergency proxy voting is also available. Please contact us for more information and guidance about voting by Emergency Proxy.

If you have a completed form to submit, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post it to Electoral Services, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore WR10 1PT. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us by email or phone 01386 565437

Current elections

Evesham Town Council – Bengeworth ward – Thursday 11th January 2024

pdf Declaration of Result of Poll (64 KB)

Evesham Town Council – South ward – Thursday 11th January 2024

pdf Declaration of Result of Poll (64 KB)

Casual vacancies

Notice of Vacancy Whittington Parish Council

pdf Notice of Vacancy Whittington Parish Council (172 KB)

Notice of Vacancy Evesham Town Council - Fairfield

pdf Notice of Vacancy Evesham Town Council - Fairfield (59 KB)

Notice of Vacancy Honeybourne Parish

pdf Notice of Vacancy Honeybourne Parish (59 KB)

Worcestershire County Council – Evesham North West Division

pdf Worcestershire County Council – Evesham North West Division (50 KB)

Evesham Town Council – Little Hampton ward

pdf Evesham Town Council – Little Hampton ward (34 KB)

Pershore Town Council – St Andrews ward

pdf Pershore Town Council – St Andrews ward (9 KB)

Future elections

Parliamentary election (General Election)

An exact date for the next General Election, when you vote for a Member of Parliament, has not been set but it can take place no later than Thursday, January 23, 2025. This is because General Elections must take place no later than 5 years after the last one. The Prime Minister has the power to call a General Election at any time before this date so the election could happen sooner.

Find out more about Parliamentary elections on the Parliament website.

Police & Crime Commissioner Election – The next PCC election will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2024.

To find out more about this election, please visit Types of election, referendums, and who can vote: Police and Crime Commissioner - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Polling Station Maps

Search for your nearest polling station

(We have provided this link to another website solely to try and help you to find information. We are not responsible for the content of other websites, which are not controlled or endorsed by us.)

Polling District & Polling Place Reviews

Flyford Flavell, Grafton Flyford and North Piddle

pdf Flyford Flavell, Grafton Flyford and North Piddle - Polling District and Polling Place Review (174 KB)

Community Governance Reviews

Whittington Parish Council

pdf Whittington CGR Public Notice (91 KB)

pdf Whittington CGR Terms of Reference (204 KB)

Boundary reviews

Worcestershire County Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission are currently undertaking a boundary review of Worcestershire County Council electoral divisions – more details can be found here: Worcestershire | LGBCE 

Wychavon electoral ward boundary review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has carried out a review of Wychavon's electoral arrangements. 

The commission recommended that the number of electoral wards in Wychavon should be reduced by five to 27 wards. The number of councillors will be cut from 45 to 43.

These arrangements were used for the first time at the Wychavon District Council election on Thursday, 4 May 2023.

Find out more about the LGBCE electoral review of Wychavon.

Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Review

The Boundary Commission for England has reviewed Parliamentary constituencies across the country. These were used to elect MPs to Parliament at a General Election.

Changes have been made which affect our district. Find out more about the Boundary Commission for England review of Parliamentary constituencies.

Register of Electors

Due to national legislation we are unable to publish the ‘Register of Electors' online. You can view a paper copy of the full register at Pershore Civic Centre, but we do advise that the information is for electoral use only. Inspection of the register is done under supervision and only handwritten notes may be taken.

Electoral Registration Annual Canvass

Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) are required to keep the register of eligible voters up to date. From July each year, they contact every household to find out if the details on the electoral register are correct. This is called the annual canvass.

Your household may be contacted in different ways, such as by:

  • post
  • email
  • phone
  • knocking on your door

If you need to update your details on the electoral register, it’s important that you respond as soon as you can. This means reminders don’t have to be sent, and someone does not need to visit you to get this information.

Online notification of changes can be made on the household response website. You will need the security codes from our email or forms to complete this.

Referendums

The first was National Referendums in 1975 for the European Communities membership to gauge support for continued membership. The second was in 2011 for the Alternative Vote, to change the voting from the 'first past the post' system.

A referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union took place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

UK-wide, national and regional referendums

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000 (PPERA) establishes a fixed legal framework for the conduct of any referendum held across the UK, or a referendum held in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland.

Neighbourhood Planning Referendums

Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the Localism Act to give members of the community a more ‘hands on’ role in the planning of their neighbourhoods. It enables communities to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need through planning policies relating to the development and use of land.

Read about Neighbourhood Planning in Wychavon.

What is a petition for a change to a different form of governance?

The council can be petitioned to hold a referendum on whether our district should change to a different form of governance.

The Local Government Act 2000 requires the Council to publish a notice which sets out the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the council to hold a referendum on whether the district should change to a different form of governance.

Minimum number of signatures to support a valid petition

The minimum number, equal to 5 per cent of the local government electors for the county of Worcestershire shown in the revised registers published at 15 February, is 5159.

This is the minimum number of signatures needed to support any petitions to the council submitted between 1 April 2024 and before 31 March 2025.

A new number will be published in February 2025 and if the number is less than 5159 then the new number will apply from the date published.

pdf Please read the Governance Referendum Petition Notice. (10 KB)

Temporary jobs with Electoral Services

Would you like to help us run national and local elections? Then sign up for one of our temporary election roles. You can find out more on our Temporary jobs with Electoral Services page.

Contact us

For more information contact the Electoral Services Team:

Electoral Services Team
Wychavon District Council
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
WR10 1PT

Tel: 01386 565437 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
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