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Petition against voter ID

July 11, 2021 12:26 PM
By Bryan Lewis

In 1928, The Equal Franchise Act granted equal voting rights to women and men over the age of 21. But in 2021 the Tory government could turn back the clock with its Elections Bill and plans for mandatory voter ID. This could undermine the right to vote across the UK and already the Welsh Government has spoken out in strong terms against these plans and will resist them in devolved elections.

The plans would require voters at polling stations to produce photo ID before being able to vote and could see millions turned away.

Possession of ID is not universal across the UK, with the government's own figures suggest that roughly 2.1 million people could be unable to vote in a general election due to not having recognisable photo ID. When trialled in some local council elections a few years ago about 2000 people were turned away for lack of ID.

At PMQs, Boris Johnson said he wanted to protect elections from "the idea of voter fraud". Just the idea as there is almost no real voter fraud.

Boris Johnson's fake voter is almost certainly from an ethnic minority. These masters of disguise steal honest citizens' ballots by pretending to be them at polling stations. When the honest citizens arrive, election officials tell them that they have already voted and call the police.

Such tales of fake voters are false. If they weren't, you would have read hundreds of articles about people whose identities had been stolen at elections. It's straight out of Trump's strategy of protecting democracy by removing the right to vote.

Sign the petition against voter ID