Show your ID be­fore you cast your bal­lot

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Jack Maid­ment PO­LIT­I­CAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

VOT­ERS could be asked to show iden­ti­fi­ca­tion be­fore they cast their bal­lots in an at­tempt to beat voter fraud, the Gov­ern­ment has said as it an­nounced a trial of the pro­posed changes.

Res­i­dents in five lo­cal author­ity ar­eas will have to show ID be­fore be­ing al­lowed to vote in coun­cil elec­tions sched­uled for May next year.

The Con­ser­va­tives pledged to in­tro­duce the need for voter ID in their 2017 man­i­festo.

The trial comes af­ter re­ports of al­leged elec­toral fraud through voter im­per­son­ation more than dou­bled be­tween 2014 and 2016, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial Elec­toral Com­mis­sion fig­ures.

Chris Skid­more, the min­is­ter for the con­sti­tu­tion, said: “The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of peo­ple sim­ply point­ing out their name with­out hav­ing to prove who they are feels out of date when con­sid­er­ing other safe­guards to pro­tect peo­ple’s iden­tity.

“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.”

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Wok­ing, Gosport, Brom­ley, Watford and Slough vol­un­teered to take part in the trial.

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