Voter ID to be brought in for elections

16 October 2019

The Government is to announce that voters will have to provide photographic identification such as driving licences or passports before casting their ballot. A new Electoral Integrity Bill will also limit the number of relatives for whom anyone can act as a proxy, and outlaw the “harvesting” of postal ballots by political parties and activists.

The Government believes the move is necessary to safeguard against fraud and corruption, but Labour is expected to oppose its rollout, having claimed that pilot schemes resulted in some people being unable to vote and were a “blatant attempt” to “rig” elections.

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