Voter ID at Polling Stations

The Government’s plan to prevent people from voting unless they can provide photo ID would mean more bureaucracy and more disenfranchisement, especially for poor and marginalised voters. I have tabled an Early Day motion urging the Government to think again.

Of the 44.6m votes cast in 2017, there were just 28 allegations of in-person voter fraud and one conviction. 11 million UK citizens currently do not possess a passport or driving licence, and statistics show that younger black and minority groups are 15% less likely to own driving licences.

Electoral fraud is a very serious crime and it is vital that the police have the resources they need to bring about prosecution. But by using these measures, the Government are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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