Voter ID trial
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.