Why are ID checks needed?:
Shortlisting and selection of Labour local government candidates is the privilege of Labour party members only. Therefore, we must ensure that only those who are entitled to take part do so.
As party officers we only have access to people’s written information, we have no photographic database. Therefore we must have a method to ensure the person who is on our list is the same person presenting themselves at a meeting.
How will we check people’s ID?
We will be using a two-level check to verify the person attending is who we have on our membership list.
- Named Photo ID: This is for branch officers to see photographic ID which has a name that matches the name on the list and is of the person who has presented to the meeting.
- Types of accepted photo ID: Passport, Drivers Licence, Official Work ID, Government ID Card, Student ID Card etc.
- Proof of Address: It is possible that a member may no longer live in the ward or constituency where they are registered. To prove they are eligible to vote, we will need to see recent (no older than 3 months) proof address:
- Types of recent proof of address: Utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement, mortgage statement, NHS letter etc.
What happens if members do not have these forms of ID?
If you have no form of ID you must contact your branch officers prior to the meeting. There could be good reason for example you're 15 years old and have nothing with your address on.
It is rare members have no form of ID.
Photo ID maybe difficult for members who wear a religious face covering
In such cases, branch officers must use their discretion sensitively and ask further questions at the door (i.e. date of birth confirmation).