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Absent Voting: Proof of Identity

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 97615, tabled on 28 November 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the Government's plans to introduce voter identification, whether voters that are applying for absentee ballots will be required to provide a copy of their photo identification along with their application.

Answered on

6 December 2022

In 2021 the Cabinet Office commissioned a nationally representative survey to assess the percentage of the eligible population who hold at least one form of photo identification and this found that all ethnic minority groups combined were slightly more likely to hold any form of photo identification (99%) than those from a White ethnic background (98%). Further information on the survey and its findings can be found here.

In relation to absent votes, electors who decide to vote by post will not need to provide photographic identification. If they appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf, their proxy will need to present photographic identification at the polling station.