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More Tory attacks on democracy

May 11, 2021 12:35 PM
By Bryan Lewis

The government has announced in the Queen's Speech that they will legislate to make it harder for millions of ordinary people to vote.

Demanding ID at the doors of every polling station is a solution in search of a problem. Voting is safe and secure in the UK, meaning this policy is just an unnecessary barrier to democratic participation. Ministers need to listen to these concerns and drop these costly plans.

At a cost of up to £20m per election, mandatory ID is an expensive distraction and the wrong priority right now. These proposals should be dropped before they damage political equality in the UK.

3.5 million people lack photo ID in this country. These pr oposals will make it harder to vote for huge numbers of voters, locking ordinary people out of our democracy and unfairly discriminating against those who lack ID. Rather than inventing problems, the government should focus on the real issues in politics - including the nine million people missing from the electoral roll, and the glaring loopholes in our lobbying laws.

The Government tried it out in a few council elections in 2019 and even with public information campaigns, over 1,000 voters were refused a ballot for not having the right paperwork.

There's a petition to stop this being spread out to all elections. Sign today! NO-to-voter-ID