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Voter ID pilot – poll cards are being sent out in Craven

Craven residents are being reminded that they will need to provide proof of identity to be able to vote at the next local elections on Thursday May 2, 2019. 

Households in Bentham, Embsay-with-Eastby, Gargrave and Malhamdale, Glusburn, Skipton East, Skipton North, Skipton South, Skipton West, Sutton-in-Craven, Upper Wharfedale, and West Craven are all being sent poll cards over the next few days.

These poll cards will tell people where their polling station is, and will remind them that Craven is taking part in a Government voter ID pilot this year.

Residents will need to provide either one form of photo ID, or two forms of non-photo ID, one of which can be a poll card, at the polling station before they are able to vote.

Craven District Council will provide an identification certificate free of charge to individuals who do not have the correct ID, ensuring that everyone who is registered has the opportunity to vote. The deadline to apply for an identification certificate is 5pm on Wednesday May 1.

Postal voting will be unchanged, so residents do not need ID for a postal vote. All registered voters can apply to vote by post if they wish to. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday, April 15. If you have already applied for a postal vote, you do not need to do so again.

For more information about the Voter ID trial, including a full list of acceptable identification, please go to

On Thursday 2nd May, 2019, elections are scheduled to take place in the following wards only:



Gargrave and Malhamdale


Skipton East

Skipton North

Skipton South

Skipton West


West Craven

A byelection will also take place in Upper Wharfedale.