Requiring voters to present identification at the polling station is a dangerous and undemocratic response to the extremely rare incidence of voter fraud.
- If mandatory ID were to be rolled out nationally, it could potentially result in tens of thousands of voters being denied a say.
- The 2018 trials failed to provide evidence to support the roll-out of mandatory ID across the UK - the impact of ID requirements on fraud and public confince in the integrity of elections cannot be ascertained.
In the face of real democratic threats, imposing voter ID is like rearranging the deckchairs of our democracy while we head towards an iceberg.
The government trialled mandatory ID at the 2018 and 2019 English Local Elections. In 2018 Gosport, Swindon, Woking, Watford and Bromley took part. In 2019, Mid Sussex, Watford, North West Leicestershire, Derby, Craven, Braintree, North Kesteven, Broxtowe, Woking and Pendle took part. Voters were required to bring a form of identification, with each area testing different restrictions.