Don’t Forget to Have Your Say – and Don’t Forget Photo-ID

Published: 4th May 2023

Voter placing ballot paper into a ballot box

Ribble Valley goes to the polls today to elect councillors for 36 of the borough council’s 40 seats.

And if you are voting in person don’t forget to take photo-ID with you to the polling station.

There are numerous forms of acceptable ID, including passports, driving licences and bus passes, and you are even able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo.

And if you can’t get to the polling station due to a last-minute emergency you can ask someone you trust to vote for you.

Applications to vote by proxy on the grounds of an emergency – such as a medical emergency, being called away for work, your photo-ID is lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged, or you don’t have a Voter Authority Certificate – can be made until 5pm on polling day.

Borough elections take place in Ribble Valley every four years and give voters the opportunity to have their say on who represents them on issues that affect their day-to-day life.

Councillors are responsible for making decisions on running services, such as planning, recycling and refuse collection, sport and leisure, while parish councillors are statutory consultees and take a significant role in negotiating with and influencing other organisations, such as the health authorities and police.

Polling takes place from 7am to 10pm today and a list of polling stations, including information on disabled access.

A full list of accepted photo-ID is available at