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Voter ID pilots

Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018

At the 2018 local elections in England, five local authorities held voter ID pilot schemes - Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking.

The Electoral Commission has recommended that voters should be required to show ID before receiving a ballot paper since 2014. In its view, the system used in Northern Ireland, where voters must already produce photo ID before casting a vote at a polling station, should be rolled out across Great Britain.

At this year’s local elections there were five areas where voter ID pilot schemes were being conducted. In these areas people wishing to cast a ballot at a polling station were required to show some form of ID before being issued with their ballot paper(s). There five areas, Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking each trialled different types of ID.

Chapter 7 of the Library briefing CBP-8306, Local Elections 2018, provides information on the pilots.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8320

Authors: Noel Dempsey; Neil Johnston

Topic: Elections

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