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Council share important info for Harrow residents about upcoming elections

In preparation for the upcoming Mayor of London and GLA elections on May 2, 2024, Harrow Council has announced several crucial updates that voters need to be aware of.

One significant change is the introduction of a legal requirement for voters to present photo ID at polling stations. Without valid identification, people will be unable to cast their vote. Acceptable forms of photo ID include passports, driving licences, travel passes, or blue badges.

A comprehensive list of acceptable documents can be found on the Electoral Commission website. The information regarding this requirement will also be included in the Polling Letters sent out to registered voters.

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In addition, proxy voters must now present their own photographic ID rather than that of the elector they are voting on behalf of.

For those who do not possess a valid form of photo ID, the Council offers the option to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. Paper applications will also be available for those unable to apply online.

Polling stations will be operational from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, May 2nd across Harrow. Registered voters can find their designated polling station location either through their Polling Letter or by visiting the Council’s website.

In regards to postal votes, individuals who have opted for this method will receive their ballot papers and postal voting statement before polling day. However, if the ballot is not posted in time to arrive by May 2nd, it can be brought to any Harrow polling station by 10pm on that day.

However, a short form must be filled out upon submission, and there is a limit on the number of postal votes a person can hand in at a polling station, with a maximum of five postal ballot packs per individual.

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Kim Wright, Constituency Returning Officer for Brent and Harrow and Chief Executive of Brent Council, said: The Mayoral and London Assembly elections in May will be the first time Brent and Harrow voters will need to bring their photo ID with them to the polling station.

“Now is the time to check the list of accepted photo ID and make sure you have at least one of these. If you don’t, apply now for a free photo ID to vote – known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

“Please also remember to make sure you are registered to vote, know whether you are going to vote in person or by post and have marked the date Thursday 2 May 2024 in your diaries.”

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