Tuesday 11 September 2018 / 12:01 AM Cat Smith / Voter Engagement

Government should stop trying to make it harder for people to vote – Cat Smith

Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, commenting on a new report by Electoral Reform Society slamming the government’s voter ID plans, said:

“It is staggering that the Tories plan to waste tens of millions of pounds on mandatory ID checks in polling stations, especially at a time when our public services are in crisis.

“The Windrush scandal has demonstrated that it can be difficult for some communities to provide official documentation, yet the Government remains wedded to their undemocratic and unaffordable plans.

“The Government should stop trying to make it harder for people to vote and abandon next year’s pilot schemes as a matter of urgency.”