Cheshire goes to the polls on Thursday with voters being reminded to take photo ID when they go to cast their vote - or be turned away.

This is the first General Election with new photo ID rules which mean anyone who can not produce valid ID can not vote.

There are 22 acceptable forms of photo ID, including passports, driving licences, older or Disabled Person's bus passes. 

Acceptable forms of ID can be found here.

Jackie Killeen, director of administration and guidance at the Electoral Commission said: "This is the first general election where photographic ID is needed, so it’s important that people are aware of the requirement and prepared."

The new rules came into force last year with the Government claiming it would help prevent electoral fraud. Fraud cases in the UK are relatively rare.

There were 1,462 cases of alleged electoral fraud reported to police between 2019 and 2023, according to the Electoral Commission. Of these, 10 led to convictions, and the police issued four cautions. Most resulted in the police taking no further action.

The Electoral Commission has called on the government to expand the list of accepted ID and to allow voters to cast their ballot without ID if another registered voter could vouch for their identity.