Monday 22 July 2019 / 9:24 AM Cat Smith / Voter ID

1000 voters denied rights because of Govt scheme – Cat Smith

Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement, responding to the Electoral Commission’s evaluation of the Voter ID pilot scheme, said:

 

“It is now clear that the Government’s fixation with Voter ID is a blatant attempt by the Tories to rig the result of future elections by voter suppression.

 

“For years Labour warned that restrictive identification requirements will make it harder for people to vote. But the Government refused to listen,  denying countless citizens a voice in our democratic process.

 

“We cannot allow the Tories to shut down democracy, which is why we are calling for these undemocratic and unpopular pilot schemes to be abandoned immediately.”

 

Ends

 

  • In total 1,108 voters have been denied a vote because of the Government’s Voter ID pilot schemes taking place in 2018 and 2019.

 

  • The 2019 10 local councils ran Voter ID pilots. 2,083 voters were being turned away for not having the correct form of ID – of these, around 758 voters did not return to vote.