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VOT­ERS will have to show their ID at polling sta­tions dur­ing lo­cal elec­tions in a new crack­down on fraud at the bal­lot box, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Tri­als will take place in five areas – Wok­ing, Gosport, Brom­ley, Wat­ford and Slough – next May and, if they prove a suc­cess, com­pul­sory voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion could be a per­ma­nent fea­ture of fu­ture elec­tions.

It fol­lows wide­spread con­cern about a surge in sus­pected vot­ing fraud at the gen­eral elec­tion last June. Data from the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion said re­ports of voter per­son­ation more than dou­bled be­tween 2014 and 2016. Cab­i­net Of­fice min­is­ter Chris Skid­more said: “It is harder to take out a li­brary book or col­lect a par­cel at a post of­fice than it is to vote in some­one’s name.”

Min­is­ters are said to be ir­ri­tated that a num­ber of Labour-run coun­cils have re­fused to be in­volved.

One min­is­te­rial source said: “We need more co­op­er­a­tion from Labour.”

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