Voters in five local authorities will need to show ID before they can vote in local elections next May, in a move aimed at combating voter fraud but which Labour and the Liberal Democrats have warned could disenfranchise thousands of people.
Voters in Woking, Gosport, Bromley, Watford and Slough will be asked to show ID at polling stations before being issued with a ballot paper, but the five local authorities are likely to trial a variety of systems, including showing photo ID or providing polling cards where individual barcodes could be scanned.
The Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission said details were still being finalised of what photo ID would be required, as well as a system involving non-photo ID, but both would be trialled to see which was more effective and efficient.
A long overdue reform in my opinion. There have been cases of vote rigging in many cities including London and Birmingham. Vote rigging in general and council elections was hardly if ever heard of up until a few years ago. And unfortunately it has be said the instigators and very often people resident here but who originally came from countries where vote rigging is prevalent. Tower Hamlets in London being a typical example a couple of years ago.
"Election fraud has been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of “political correctness”, a major report finds as it calls for unprecedented reforms to the British voting system.
In a report commissioned by the Government, Sir Eric Pickles the former Conservative Cabinet minister, today warns that the authorities are in a “state of denial” and are “turning a blind eye” to election fraud."