The stats suggest it does.
We all want to protect the integrity of elections. After all, voting is the ‘flagship’ act of democracy. That’s why it is a real concern that from 2023 voters will be required to show ID for all UK-wide and English elections.
- Evidence shows voter impersonation is a minor problem.
- Trials for voter ID in just ten areas saw many hundreds of voters turned away for not having the correct papers.
- Since the trials, charities and civil society groups have been clear about the negative impact on the most disadvantaged groups.
All of which means we have a huge problem with this. Vote for Policies isn’t a campaign organisation – our aim is to provide information and motivation so that more people can participate in democratic processes. But policy changes that will have a negative impact on participation have to be challenged. This is why we want to raise awareness about what’s going on.
How to take action
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) campaigns on exactly this issue and has lots of information. If you want to know more about the impact of voter ID and what you can do to challenge it, please head to their website…
You can also sign the petition on the government’s website and follow its progress.