Trials set for proof of ID requirement to vote
east London borough of Tower Hamlets will also run a separate pilot examining postal vote security.
Voters in Northern Ireland have had to prove their identity at polling stations since 1985, with photo ID required since 2003. There have been no cases of personation in the province since 2003.
Announcing the trials, constitution minister Chris Skidmore said: “For people to have confidence in our democratic processes we need to ensure that our elections are safeguarded against any threat or perception of fraud.
“The current situation of people simply pointing out their name without having to prove who they are feels out of date when considering other safeguards to protect people’s identity.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.”