A brewery is taking over pubs in Brighton with photo booths to help people get ID ahead of the upcoming election.

Voting rules recently changed meaning that those who wish to have their say in the upcoming local elections must have photo ID with them.

Now, Brixton Brewery is rolling out free to use photobooths in two bars in the city to give the public easy access to photo ID ahead of May 4.

Xochitl Benjamin, co-founder of the brewery, said: “We believe every voter matters and every vote counts. No vote is no voice and the new regulations must be more clearly communicated because our research shows people simply aren’t aware of the changes around photo ID.

“In the spirit of everything that makes Brixton unique, we’re stepping in to raise awareness and provide a helping hand. We want to help empower not just our local community in Brixton, but everyone, so that we’re all armed with the right information and tools to make our voices heard.

“It’s never been more important than now. And where’s better to have a lively political debate than over a pint at the pub?”


The Yes We Cans campaign will be taking over the North Laine Brewhouse and the World’s End pub in London Road from Tuesday, April 25, to Wednesday, April 26.

Photobooths in the bars will allow publicans to grab a drink and their photo ID at the same time, with the ID being recognised at polling stations across the city in May.

Research suggests that one in then Brits do not have any form of photo ID, with over 30 per cent unsure or disagreeing with the implication of the new rules.

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The legislation will be first used in the upcoming local elections, taking place on May 4.

A total of 222 people will be vying for the city’s votes in 23 wards, from Regency to Rottingdean and from Woodingdean to Westbourne.

Votes will then be counted on May 5 when results will also be announced.