#LocalElections2023: how #VoterID discriminates against the disabled

The ballot box: why does the government want to make voting a health hazard for people who are already sick and/or disabled?

Sick and disabled people and/or their carers may be endangered by the Tory government’s new “Voter ID” demands, which require them to take off their face masks and be (potentially) exposed to Covid-19.

Take a look at this tweeted question to the Electoral Commission, and the response it triggered:

Representatives of sick and disabled people have responded strongly:

So clinically vulnerable people may ask for their identity to be checked in the open air. But they still have to take their masks off.

Some of them are going to be put off voting by this stricture – and that means the new “Voter ID” rules are disenfranchising UK citizens:

If this election was being used to pilot “Voter ID”, then it might be understandable, but it has been tested several times already and this sort of problem should have been cleared up. One can only surmise that the discrimination against the sick and disabled is intentional.

Is it worth demanding change from the Electoral Commission, or the government?

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2 thoughts on “#LocalElections2023: how #VoterID discriminates against the disabled

  1. kateuk

    They will just say that you can use a postal vote instead. However I’m not actually sure that I trust the integrity of postal votes to get to the right place and actually be counted.

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