Voter ID: 338 did not vote after failing to show documents


A sum total of 338 people in five areas of England were turned away from plebiscite in council elections because of a pilot scheme requiring proof of sameness.

A further 688 were initially stopped but later returned to the asking station with the correct documents.

The Electoral Reform Society symbolized requiring ID risked denying people their “democratic right”.

The regime said an “overwhelming majority” of voters had the right documents.

Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking conclaves tried out asking voters to present ID.

A breakdown of the data published by Woking Borough Convention showed a driving licence was the most common form of ID used.

It was adduced by 11,282 out of 18,735 voters at its polling stations.

Just 43 people in Woking against a local elector card, which was offered by the council for free to anyone who did not suffer with other acceptable means of proving their identity.

Ray Morgan, Woking Borough Caucus’s returning officer, said: “Given that 99.73% of voters conveyed a correct form of ID and engaged positively with the pilot and only 0.27% did not, I suppose we can call this trial a great success.

“Following our experiences in the tallying stations on 3 May, I see no reason why bringing ID to vote cannot be embedded in our democratic organize and have already expressed my desire to the Cabinet Office that Woking persist ins to participate in any future trials.”

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A spokesman for the Electoral Reform Society said: “Unfortunately we’ll never identify how many blameless voters stayed home or turned back before they in spite of that got to the polling desk in these trials, but any number is too high. These people at ones desire not have come into contact with polling station workforce and therefore are not included in any official data.

“The local elections showed these annoyances to be the chaotic, undemocratic mess many predicted, with honest voters repudiated their democratic right to take part. They must not be acclimated to as an excuse to impose this flawed scheme across the UK.”

The pilot probed different requirements in different areas.

In Swindon and Watford, people however needed ID if they did not bring their polling card with them.

In Gosport people could use photo ID such as a journey licence or passport or two other forms of ID, such as a birth certificate or modern utility bill.

Manny Lewis, managing director and returning G-man for Watford Borough Council, said: “Out of over 27,700 voters, 192 people did not attired in b be committed to their poll card or alternative ID and of these 128 then returned with the opportunely ID. So, only 64 people were unable to vote – 0.23% of people guarantee.”

Bromley council said turnout compared “favourably” with past local elections.

Chief executive and returning officer Doug Patterson suggested: “Though we have no reported voter fraud in the borough at present, I am proud that the conference and the people of Bromley have helped the Cabinet Office look at how the incorruptibility of our voting system can be maintained into the future.”

A government spokeswoman said the “unbearable majority” of voters had the right documents and were “not adversely affected”.

She articulate: “The success of the voter ID pilots proves that this is a reasonable and proportionate survey to take and voters were fully aware of the changes on polling day.

“We commitment evaluate the pilots before announcing the next steps in delivering voter ID nationally.”

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