Tri­als set for proof of ID re­quire­ment to vote

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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“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of peo­ple sim­ply point­ing out their name with­out hav­ing to prove who they are feels out of date when con­sid­er­ing other safe­guards to pro­tect peo­ple’s iden­tity.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.”

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