Don’t forget your ID next Wednesday…

I can’t imagine that any of this is news to any of our readers, but the Electoral Commission is advising anyone who wants to vote in the Assembly elections on 7 March 2007 that they need to bring with them an approved form of photographic ID. Approved forms of ID are:

o A valid British, Irish or EU Passport
o a current UK photographic driving licence
o Translink Senior SmartPass
o an electoral identity card

A telephone helpline (0800 0323 700) and dedicated website (www.aboutmyvote.co.uk) have been set up to assist the public regarding ID requirements for the election.

  • Doreen

    And the Conservatives, James Leslie at least, did not realise that a medical card no longer counts.

  • Rory

    If you don’t possess or can’t find one of the four above mentioned approved identity proofs then simply bring along a hand mirror and when asked to identify yourself you will then be able to check out your image in the mirror and confirm, “Aye, that’s me all right”. Simple really.

  • John Farrell

    When is a valid passport not a valid passport?

    When the Jobsworth at my polling station starts querying it when I dont intend actually travelling anywhere. Does he work for Easyjet?

    And calling in the cops to escort me off the premises was I think over the top.

    A quick trip back to the house and I locate the up to date one. In the two elections since, I produce the old one….just for badness……before producing the new one.

    Hopefully the old fool is on duty next week.
    I enjoy our witty repartee.

  • gerry

    John, perhaps he thought you looked a bit shifty.

  • observer

    Its disgraceful that the electoral office can’t issue last minute photo ID cards. They seem to look for reasons to stop people voting. Surely they should be doing everything possible to let people have the means to vote.

  • John Farrell

    Gerry,
    Any responsible person will do their best to look shifty.
    A false challenge and its worth a few quid.
    Tips to get this dosh include…..

    Walking into polling station and go up to desk. When asked your name, take your polling card out of pocket look quizzically at card and then get your own name wrong.
    Examples
    George Adams..no er I mean Gerry adams
    or
    Alan Paisley….ooops Ian Paisley…sorry

    or you could try walking in with 29 other members of a flute band

  • democrat

    When browsing the CAIN website, I noticed a number reported incidences of people giving the same preference to more than one candidate and, in doing so) making their vote invalid.

    Simple mistakes are easy to make!

  • Kloot

    >>When is a valid passport not a valid passport?<

  • DK

    Rory: “If you don’t possess or can’t find one of the four above mentioned approved identity proofs then simply bring along a hand mirror and when asked to identify yourself you will then be able to check out your image in the mirror and confirm, “Aye, that’s me all right”. Simple really.”

    I tried that, but the other fella had a spot on the left cheek, while mine is on the right, so it couldn’t have been me

    John Farrell – are you joking or are you really the wanker you claim to be?

  • John Farrell

    DK
    “John Farrell – are you joking or are you really the wanker you claim to be? ”

    on a point of principle (your language) I cannot answer your question. If you reword it, I might answer.