Friday 4 May 2018 / 10:01 AM Cat Smith / Voter Engagement

Labour is calling on the Government to scrap voter ID as a matter of urgency – Cat Smith

Independent observers of the voter ID pilots in five local authority elections found that voters were refused a ballot paper in 21% of polling stations because they did not have the required ID to vote.

Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, said:

“There was absolutely no case for introducing voter ID in the first place but after yesterday’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.”