Voter ID pilot turned away too many people. Tories are bound to roll it out across the UK

It’s ridiculous – after 28 cases of possible voter fraud among 45 million votes in 2017, the Tory government turned away 3,981 people on Thursday, claiming they didn’t have the right identification.

People were turned away in more than one in five polling stations across Bromley, Woking, Gosport, Watford and Swindon, where the pilot was carried out.

The question now is, what will the Conservative government do with this information?

As a test of a system intended to ensure that everybody with a right to vote was allowed to vote, the trial was an utter, unmitigated disaster.

But some of us suspect that the Tories have an ulterior motive – to use a demand for forms of ID that many people don’t have as a way of cutting down the vote for other parties.

So Cat Smith, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, was right to say: “There was absolutely no case for introducing voter ID in the first place but after [Thursday’s] fiasco, it is impossible for the Government to justify rolling it out.

“After completely ignoring a number of serious warning signs, the Government decided to pilot discriminatory measures which denied people their right to vote.

“We cannot allow the Conservative Party to undermine our democracy, which is why Labour is calling on the Government to scrap their voter ID plans as a matter of urgency.”

If the Conservatives go ahead with this, based on the evidence we’ve seen, we’ll know they are trying to nobble democracy.

Over to you, Tories.


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8 Thoughts to “Voter ID pilot turned away too many people. Tories are bound to roll it out across the UK”

  1. Colin Clarke

    With their history of using postal votes of dead people, postal votes of new immigrants, and the careful shifting of election area boundaries, this mob feel they have to check on the id of the electorate? They have been constantly devaluing the worth of the “working people” and now have the sauce to check on the integrity of those people? This disregard of the British people has to be stopped and soon!

  2. Dave Rowlands

    The question now is, what will the Conservative government do with this information?

    Blame Jeremy Corbyn

  3. Terminator

    Easy solution get a postal vote no ID needed

  4. Roland

    The start of the Fascist system

  5. Stu

    It occurred to me that homeless families in B&Bs do not have utility bills or a permanent address for polling cards to be sent.
    Neither do “sofa surfers” or any other economic transients who are all UK Citizens entitled to express their political view – is there a system in place to accomodate such people or are those many thousands also ignored?

    Do the Windrush Generation with their “right to remain” rubber stamp have a right to vote?

    These and many more whose right to vote have had their rights denied due to Government policy in one shape or form – is it incompetence, co-incidence or intentional?

  6. NMac

    I would like to know how many voters were turned away in Swindon – this was a marginal which the Tories held – but was it achieved by this nasty, snide trick?

  7. Apparently a driving licence with your photo on it doesn’t count as id, who knew?,

    1. Mike Sivier

      I didn’t. Really?

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