Council Reminds Voters to Bring Photo ID

Scottish Borders Council is urging again for voters across the Borders to be Election ready and take notice of the changes to how we vote at UK Parliament elections.

The council is reminding voters to check they have the appropriate photo ID so that when the Election date is called and polling day arrives, all they have to do is remember to take it with them.

You will not be able to vote if you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID.

There are a number of acceptable forms of photo ID that can be used when voting, the full list and more information can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Those who are registered to vote but do not have an accepted form of ID or if voters are not sure whether their photo ID still looks like them, can apply for a free voter ID document online at Gov.UK website. They can complete a paper form available from the Electoral Registration Officer for the Scottish Borders or call their helpline on 01835 825100. This document is known as a Voter Authority Certificate, voters must be registered before they can apply.

Anyone who is not resident within the Scottish Borders can find details of their local Electoral Registration Officer at Contact your local Electoral Registration Office – GOV.UK (

Scottish Borders Council do not want anyone to lose out on their right to vote because they don’t have the appropriate photo ID – their message is clear voters should check now if have the correct photo ID, if they need a Voter Authority Certificate, apply now, and don’t leave it until the Election date is announced.