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Please help to stop the Tories attempt to make voting difficult....

May 11, 2021 4:00 PM

Here is the text from the Electoral Reform Society:

The government have just announced in the Queen's Speech that they will legislate to make it harder for millions of ordinary people to vote.

Demanding ID at the doors of every polling station is a solution in search of a problem. Voting is safe and secure in the UK, meaning this policy is just an unnecessary barrier to democratic participation. Ministers need to listen to these concerns and drop these costly plans.

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At a cost of up to £20m per election, mandatory ID is an expensive distraction and the wrong priority right now. These proposals should be dropped before they damage political equality in the UK.

3.5 million people lack photo ID in this country. These proposals will make it harder to vote for huge numbers of voters, locking ordinary people out of our democracy and unfairly discriminating against those who lack ID.

Rather than inventing problems, the government should focus on the real issues in politics - including the nine million people missing from the electoral roll, and the glaring loopholes in our lobbying laws.

Groups representing millions of people - from homelessness charities, pensioners' groups, LGBT+ campaigners and civil liberties activists - are sounding the alarm about these plans. Sign the petition and urge ministers to listen.