Statement from the Electoral Reform Society, for immediate release, 21st December 2016
For more information or comment, or to arrange an interview, contact Josiah Mortimer, ERS Communications Officer, on Josiah.Mortimer@electoral-reform.org.uk or 07717211630
Commenting on reports that the government is planning to introduce mandatory voter ID pilots from next year, Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said:
"While we should take all instances of voter fraud very seriously where they occur, mandatory voter ID is a sledgehammer to crack a nut. The government should think very carefully before introducing barriers to voting.
"There is simply no evidence to suggest that electoral fraud is widespread across the UK. Where it has occurred it has been isolated and should be tackled locally.
"Raising barriers to democratic participation could just put people off voting - and evidence from the US shows that it's generally those already most excluded from the political process that are worst affected by strict ID laws.
"The government should think again and look at all the evidence on voter ID before deciding to use this blunt instrument."
For more information see here: http://news.sky.com/story/voters-to-be-forced-to-bring-id-to-polling-stations-10703172