Although they are not necessary, voter identification cards for more than 21,000 electors were being distributed by the Cayman Islands Elections Office last week. The law requires the Elections Office to issue ID cards. The cards are used at the polling station to vote, but other forms of ID can be used instead.

Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell said the office prefers that everyone receive an ID, but if that does not happen, the law allows for individuals to vote with other forms of ID. A passport or a driver’s license can be used if the name on the ID matches the name on the voter list.

“For the infrequent instances where persons have no ID, the elections law does allow them to be able to vote after taking an oath of identity,” Mr. Howell said.

If all else fails, Mr. Howell said, it’s very likely the experienced polling staff will know many district voters. “The polling station will also have candidates and agents present who are able to identify most voters by sight,” he said.

The voter ID cards, which take into account Cayman’s new 19 voting districts, will continue to be distributed until May 19.

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The cards list the person’s full name, address, voting district [single-member constituency] and have a photo of the voter. The new cards will replace previously issued voter IDs.

Anyone who picks up the new voter ID will have to show a valid ID, including driver’s license, passport or work identification.

The cards can be picked up at the Elections Office at 150 Smith Road, George Town, or at the following venues and dates:

May 3 – Government Administration Building from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

May 5 – Hurley’s Supermarket from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

May 6 – Foster’s Food Fair at Countryside Plaza from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

May 10 – Cayman Islands Hospital from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

May 12 – East End Public Library from 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

May 13 (Sat) – North Side Clinic from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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