Voter ID trial

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

Vot­ers in five ar­eas of Eng­land will be re­quired to show ID for the first time in an elec­tion next year. If suc­cess­ful, the trial could be ex­tended across the coun­try to counter vot­ing fraud.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion rec­om­mended in 2014 that vot­ers should be re­quired to prove their iden­ti­ties be­fore cast­ing a bal­lot. There were 44 cases in 2016 of peo­ple try­ing to use an­other in­di­vid­ual’s vote – known as “per­son­ation” – up from 21 in 2014.

Pi­lots will be held in lo­cal elec­tions in Wok­ing, Gosport, Brom­ley, Wat­ford and Slough in May 2018, with photo and non-photo forms of ID be­ing tested in dif­fer­ent ar­eas to see which is most ef­fec­tive. The east Lon­don bor­ough of Tower Ham­lets will run a sep­a­rate pilot ex­am­in­ing the se­cu­rity of postal votes.

Vot­ers in North­ern Ire­land have had to prove their iden­ti­ties at polling sta­tions since 1985, with photo ID re­quired since 2003. There have beenn no cases of per­son­ation in the prov­ince since 2003.

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