prove who you are... or no vote
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.”