Elections Bill — Schedule 1 — Voter Identification — Acceptable Forms of Identification — 27 Apr 2022 at 16:00

The majority of MPs voted not to add a list of additional documents, including some not carrying a photograph, to those considered to provide the proof of identity required to vote in-person in a United Kingdom Parliamentary election, including a driving licence (from anywhere), birth certificate or marriage or civil partnership certificate, adoption certificate, bail record, library card, pre-pay meter card, bank statement etc.

MPs were considering the Elections Bill.[1][2][3]

The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 86

Lords amendment 86 stated:[4]

  • Page 79, line 44, at end insert—
  • “(1HA) In this rule a “specified document” also means any of the following documents (in whatever form issued to the holder)—
  • (a) a driving licence;
  • (b) a birth certificate;
  • (c) a marriage or civil partnership certificate;
  • (d) an adoption certificate;
  • (e) the record of a decision on bail made in respect of the voter in accordance with section 5(1) of the Bail Act 1976;
  • (f) a bank or building society cheque book;
  • (g) a mortgage statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll;
  • (h) a bank or building society statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll;
  • (i) a credit card statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll;
  • (j) a council tax demand letter or statement dated within 12 months of the date of the poll;
  • (k) a P45 or P60 form dated within 12 months of the date of the poll;
  • (l) a standard acknowledgement letter (SAL) issued by the Home Office for asylum seekers;
  • (m) a trade union membership card;
  • (n) a library card;
  • (o) a pre-payment meter card;
  • (p) a National Insurance card;
  • (q) a workplace ID card;
  • (r) a student ID card;
  • (s) an 18+ student Oyster photocard;
  • (t) a National Rail Railcard;
  • (u) a Young Scot National Entitlement Card.”

Explanatory notes to the Lords Amendments[5] stated:

  • Lords Amendment 86 is a non-Government amendment that would add an additional list of documents that would be accepted as a form of identification for electors voting at the polling stations, many of which are non-photographic.


Debate in Parliament |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alba0 1050.0%
Con296 (+2 tell) 1082.6%
DUP6 0075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 3080.0%
Lab0 152 (+2 tell)077.0%
LDem0 10076.9%
PC0 30100.0%
SNP0 41091.1%
Total:303 212081.2%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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William WraggHazel GroveCon (front bench)no

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