With just 13 days remaining until the voter registration deadline for the local elections on May 2nd, individuals eager to exercise their right to vote must ensure they are fully prepared for the upcoming electoral process.

The crucial deadline to register for voting is set for midnight on April 16th. Prospective voters can conveniently complete their registration online via the official government portal at gov.uk/register-to-vote, a process that requires merely five minutes of their time.

Voters are presented with various options to cast their ballots, including in-person voting, postal voting, or delegating a trusted individual to vote on their behalf, known as a proxy vote. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5 pm on April 17th, while the cutoff for proxy vote applications extends to 5 pm on April 24th.

This May, voters must be prepared to present photo identification when casting their votes at polling stations, a new requirement stipulated by the UK Government’s Elections Act. To ascertain which forms of ID are acceptable at polling stations, individuals are encouraged to visit the Electoral Commission’s official website for guidance.

In the event that a voter lacks any of the approved forms of ID, they can obtain free identification via www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by completing and submitting a paper application to their local authority. The deadline for acquiring the Voter Authority Certificate, enabling the use of alternative ID on May 2nd, is set for 5 pm on April 24th.

Dr Lorraine O’Donnell, Electoral Registration Officer for City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, said; “Don’t lose your chance to have your say at elections in May. Local elections are an important opportunity to have your say on who represents you and makes decisions about issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Bradford district. If you’re in doubt about whether you need to register to vote or have questions about how to apply for a postal or proxy vote or free ID, you can contact Bradford Council at 01274 431360 or by email at electoralservices@bradford.gov.uk

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission, said; “It is important that people check they’re election-ready ahead of upcoming deadlines. All voters must be registered, and some may need to apply for a postal or proxy vote or free ID.

“Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations this May. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of photo ID can apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form and submitting it to their local council.”

Comprehensive information regarding the new photo ID requirement and available voting alternatives can be accessed through the Electoral Commission’s official website.