Parliamentary Briefings

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Briefing on the Elections Bill – Second Reading

Download as PDF (173.6KB pdf) The Elections Bill is a significant piece of legislation with far-reaching consequences for the way our elections are held. It should be given time for thorough parliamentary scrutiny. There is a clear...

Posted 06 Sep 2021

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Briefing on Mandatory Voter ID at the Polling Station

Download briefing as PDF (306.9KB pdf) As set out in the Queen’s Speech, the government is committed to introducing mandatory voter identification requirements at the polling station as part of its Elections Bill.[1] This legislation...

Posted 02 Jul 2021

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Position on Mandatory Voter ID October 2020

Download as PDF (209.5KB pdf) Elections in the UK have extremely low levels of proven electoral fraud. Data provided by the Electoral Commission each year consistently show that there is no large-scale evidence of electoral...

Posted 01 Oct 2020

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Position on the 2019 Voter ID Pilots

Download as a PDF (387.6KB pdf) The government is once again piloting mandatory voter ID at the local elections on 2 May, despite overwhelming opposition to putting up barriers to participation through the introduction of...

Posted 01 May 2019

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Debate Briefing on Voter ID Pilot Schemes

Download Briefing (210.1KB pdf) The government piloted mandatory ID at the 2018 English local elections. In Gosport, Swindon, Woking, Watford and Bromley, voters were required for the first time to bring a form of identification....

Posted 06 Jun 2018

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Background on Voter ID in England

Download Briefing (182.7KB pdf) Introduction In August 2016, Sir Eric Pickles’s report, ‘Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud’, was released. It was commissioned after an election court judgement in 2015 which barred the Mayor...

Posted 28 Apr 2018

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Letter to Chloe Smith MP on Voter ID

Dear Minister, RE: Voter ID pilots We are writing to express our collective concerns for the Government plans to pilot identification in polling stations at the local government elections in May. The Government’s commitment to...

Posted 12 Mar 2018