‘Elections Bill makes it harder to vote and undermines our democratic rights’ – Alistair Carmichael

The BBC reports:

MPs have backed proposals to introduce mandatory voter ID for elections, a major change to the electoral process in the UK.

Voters will be required to show photo ID at polling stations under measures in the Elections Bill.

Labour says the plan could reduce turnout at elections and discriminate against marginalised groups.

But the government said the measure was supported by election observers and was necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Voters would be able to show ID cards including driver’s licences, passports and photographic travel passes.

The government’s Elections Bill cleared the House of Commons on Monday and will now undergo further scrutiny in the House of Lords.

Responding to the vote, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Political and Constitutional Reform, Alistair Carmichael MP said:

Rather than strengthening our democracy by getting behind efforts to build a better politics with a fairer electoral system, Conservative Ministers have instead voted to expand the use of the clapped-out First Past The Post, all while making it harder for people to vote. It really does beggar belief.

Their voter ID proposals are not only discriminatory, but a blatant undermining of our democratic rights. Whether it’s this, thinly veiled threats to our national broadcaster or a draconian clampdown on protests, Boris Johnson and his Government are hell-bent on ducking and diving from accountability at every turn – hardly surprising given their recent exploits.

What comes as no surprise, however, is a fervent desire from the Conservatives to entrench themselves within a system that breeds the entitlement and self-serving behaviour we have seen over the past few weeks.

While the Tories do anything to rig the system in their favour, the Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign so that the results of our elections match the votes that go into them.

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  • Nigel Hunter 18th Jan '22 - 5:36pm

    Yes we can continue to point out this disgraceful move. Along with that we should via social media leaflets etc LOUDLY point out to those people involved TO GET PHOTO ID.Along with this a campaign to encourage people to get a POSTAL VOTE (no need for a photo).

  • Brad Barrows 18th Jan '22 - 6:34pm

    Sorry – I need to show proof of identity to get to borrow a library book so I don’t see why the UK should not adopt something that is perfectly common in other democratic countries.

  • John Marriott 18th Jan '22 - 7:12pm

    I have no problems with showing ID, whether it be a utility bill or a photo. In fact I can’t see much wrong with a simple ID card. What DOES concern me is that I cannot help believing that the motive for insisting on photo ID will end up deterring many people from voting at all.

    As for “democratic rights” the worry should be how, even under the present system, they fail to be exercised by many when the opportunity to vote arises.

  • >LOUDLY point out to those people involved TO GET PHOTO ID
    So that’s currently a Driving Licence, for which it seems you now need a current UK passport and obviously an address…

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