Successful Dinnington by-election sees minimal impact from new voter ID requirements

ONLY seven voters were unable to vote in the Dinnington by-election after failing to take photo ID to the polling stations, according to council figures.

Turnout was 27.38 per cent, with 1,117 electors voting at eight polling stations and 1,379 electors voting by post.

Rotherham Council confirmed that 99.4 per cent of electors voting in the Dinnington ward polling stations brought photo ID that met newly introduced voter ID requirements.

They added at the end of polling day only seven electors (0.6 per cent) who tried to vote in a polling station were not given a ballot paper because they did not meet the new voter ID requirements.

The figures also show while 15 electors were initially turned away, eight returned with acceptable ID and were able to vote.

Chief executive Sharon Kemp, returning officer for the by-election, said: “We carried out extensive awareness raising in the ward through social media, posters and leaflets and two outreach events.

“Whilst it is always disappointing to turn any electors away, we must comply with the new government regulations.

“With borough and parish elections next year and a parliamentary general election taking place in the next 17 months, I would urge anyone who does not have any of the acceptable photo ID documents, to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.”

The by-election result saw Julia Hall from the Conservatives triumph, beating Labour by 244 votes, making Dinnington all blue again after suspended Conservative councillor Charlie Wooding lost his seat over poor attendance during 2022/23.

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