Five areas in England to pilot voter ID checks


Voters in five closes in England will be asked to take identification to polling stations at neighbourhood elections next year as part of a pilot scheme.

People in Woking, Gosport, Bromley, Watford and Slough make be asked to take different forms of ID with them to see which situations best.

The Electoral Commission recommended three years ago that voters be implored to prove their identity.

Minister Chris Skidmore said the aim was to effect the system was “secure”.

Reports of “personation” in polling stations – votes troupe in someone else’s name – increased from 21 in 2014 to 44 in 2016.

‘Lock unnecessary’

Mr Skidmore said the current situation meant it was harder to play out a library book or collect a parcel than it was to vote in someone else’s rank.

He told the BBC: “We currently have a situation where people can go into the ballot billet, point out their name on the register, don’t need to provide any information to evince who they are.”

He said it was corrosive to democracy if people did not believe the system was defend.

“At the moment we simply don’t know if people are impersonating one another or not. We just demand to make sure that the system is secure enough.”

For some years, voters in Northern Ireland procure had to prove their identity at polling stations.

But Tom Brake, for the Liberal Democrats, chronicled the latest proposals as “a completely unnecessary move that risks debilitating our democracy by preventing millions of people from voting”.

“Evidence from encompassing the world tells us forcing voters to bring ID won’t stop determined fraudsters, but is appropriate to led to even lower turnouts amongst young people and minority orders.”

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