Voter ID cards desired but not required

Any form of photo identification will be accepted

Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez is assuring registered voters that they will be able to vote even if they do not have an elector registration card, commonly called a voter ID.  

“This does not hinder them from voting at the polls on election day, 22 May,” he said. “Contrary to rumour, any elector who wants to vote is encouraged to do so.” 

In order to get everyone polled in the 7am to 6pm time allowed, an elector upon entering the polling station should state his or her name, street address and occupation. The elector should then present to the poll clerk his or her elector’s registration card or other form of photo identification. 

Any form of picture identification such as a passport (even if expired) driver’s licence or employee ID is acceptable. The poll clerk needs this to determine whether the elector is the same person on the register of electors. 

Not having a photo ID does not prevent a voter from receiving a ballot. 

For those individuals who have no form of identification, the presiding officer may administer an oath or affirmation. By that oath, the elector swears or affirms he/she is the person whose name appears in the official register of electors and is entitled to vote. 

Only if the person refuses to swear or affirm will the presiding officer not issue a ballot. 

Mr. Gomez advised electors that children are not permitted in polling stations. Neither are cellular phones, cameras and other forms of recording devices. “Also no handbags,” he added. “Please leave these items in the car or 
at home.” 

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