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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Minister admits there is no evidence to support voting ID

Plans by the government to suppress voter turnout by forcing electors to bring ID to the polling station are based on just six cases of ballot fraud at the last election, a government minister has admitted.

The Independent reports that today's Queen’s Speech will include a Bill to introduce the requirement at polling stations – despite warnings that large numbers of poorer and ethnic minority voters will be turned away:

Quizzed on that criticism – and on the tiny number of fraud cases at the last election – Mr Hancock replied: “Well, I think that’s six cases too many.”

On Sky News, the health secretary was warned that 47 per cent of black people do not have a driver’s licence, compared with only 26 per cent of white people.

“There is a real danger, isn’t there, that you could ultimately prevent key constituents in society from having their say?” he was asked.

But Mr Hancock said: “No know it’s about fairness, it’s about making sure that when people do something as important as voting, then they are who they say they are.

“We piloted this, we’ve looked at it in great detail, we are committed to making it happen – and I think people across this country want to know for sure that elections are fair.”

The civil rights group Liberty has condemned the shake-up, expected to kick-in before the next general election in either 2023 or 2024.

“Our current voting system is safe and secure,” said head of policy Sam Grant. “It feels like an opportunistic attack on the rights of some of the most marginalised people in society.”

Trials in 2019 suggested many tens of thousands of people could be turned away from polling stations because they don’t have the ID required.

The Electoral Commission warned young people, people from ethnic minorities, women and the elderly were most likely to be penalised.

Here is an example of evidence-free legislation designed to serve the interests of the Tory Party.
Perhaps we should just encourage everyone without existing Photo ID to apply for a postal vote.
If it has to happen ANY photo ID card should be able to be used.Yes,it is a possibility of EVERYONE having a postal vote..It is very interesting that this comes to the fore with Johnson, trainee Trumpite Republican.Usual divide and conquer.It was a non issue before 2016.
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