South Lanarkshire Council has outlined the documents which can be used by voters in the Rutherglen & Hamilton West by-election – which will be Scotland’s first to require photo ID.Electors will need to produce a passport, driving licence or similar proof including blue badges, bus passes or a specially-issued voter authority certificate to cast their ballot in next month’s poll.Returning officer Cleland Sneddon says polling station staff will be given additional training on the new requirement for Westminster elections, and that the authority will feed back data on its application to the Electoral Commission.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.
Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Next month’s hotly-contested by-election to select a new constituency MP will be the first to take place in Scotland since last year’s introduction of new laws requiring voters to show photo ID.
The new Westminster requirement also applied to voters signing the recall petition which ousted former representative Margaret Ferrier earlier this summer, with 11,896 electors validly completing the required signing sheets at seven council venues over a six-week period.Acceptable forms of ID include blue badges, biometric residence permits and national identity cards, the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) card and travel documents including older and disabledRead more on dailyrecord.co.uk
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