Proxy voters are being reminded to bring photographic ID to polling stations in the city when they vote in the elections on Thursday (3 May).
As part of Peterborough's involvement in the Voter Pilot Scheme, all proxy voters are required to produce photographic identification at polling stations, before being issued with a ballot paper to vote on another's behalf.
Forms of photographic identification that will be accepted at the polling station are:
- UK, EU or Commonwealth Passport
- UK or EU driving licence
- Overseas passport
- EEA or Swiss passport
- Biometric Residence Permit
- EEA Identity Card
- Military Cards
- Disabled Persons Bus Pass
- Northern Ireland Electoral ID Card
If you have been appointed as a proxy at these elections and you are unable to supply any of the above forms of identification you can apply for an electoral identification letter from Peterborough City Council free of charge up to 5pm on polling day. You will need to apply in person at Peterborough Town Hall and supply two of the following documents:
- Official Government/Local Government correspondence*
- Bank/Building Society/Mortgage/Credit Card/Pension statement/passbook*
- Bank/Building Society account opening confirmation letter*
- Mobile phone statement*
- Current Bank/Building Society Savings/Cheque Book Post Office
- Savings Account statement*
- Council Tax statement*
- Utility Bill*
- P45 or P60 statement (not older than 12 months)
- Full old-style driving licence
- Birth/Adoption/Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate
- Firearms licence
- Police Bail sheet
*Indicates that document should not be more than 3 months old.
The Voter Pilot Scheme is being run alongside a new campaign 'Your Vote is Yours Alone' to help prevent electoral fraud ahead of May’s local elections. It raises awareness of what constitutes unacceptable pressure to influence whether or how someone casts their vote. The campaign is being run by local authorities with the support of the Electoral Commission and Crimestoppers, the anonymous crime reporting charity.
The city council has set up an election fraud hotline and anyone who has any concerns can report them by calling 01733 452277, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete an online form on the council website. Any concerns will be referred to the police for investigation. Alternatively, if you believe an offence is in progress contact police on 101.
Polling station information can be found on polling cards, or on the council's website.
If you can't find what you're looking for on the council's website, you can also call the elections helpline on 01733 452249 or email email@example.com.