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Registering to vote – voter ID now required at polling stations

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Registering to vote online is simple and only takes around five minutes – all you need is your National Insurance number. You must be registered in order to vote in the Local Elections on 4 May.

If you are not already registered, make sure you register to vote by the 17 April 2023 deadline to be able to vote in the upcoming local elections. 

If you’re a student it also means that you are able to be registered in two places – in Manchester but also back home.

If you split your time between two addresses – like a home address and a term address, you can register to vote at both addresses (as long as they’re not both in the same council area.) At local elections you can vote in both places. 

Photo ID now required to vote at polling stations!

Don’t forget! You now need photo ID to vote at a polling station on 4 May – you can view the accepted forms of voter ID here.  

If you don’t have an accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

NUS have teamed up with Citizen Card to offer students a free voter ID with the code NUS at this link.

Find out more about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day on The Electoral Commission website. 

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