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Voter fraud is vanishingly rare—so why is Johnson planning to make photo ID mandatory?

In a democracy, it is for the voters to decide who governs; it is not for the government to decides who votes

By Robert Saunders  

Photo: Yorkshire Pics / Alamy Stock Photo

In a democracy, the most fundamental of all rights is the right to vote. It is the foundation on which all our liberties depend. Yet for millions of people, plans announced in the Queen’s Speech today will make that significantly harder.

Under government proposals, it will no longer be possible simply to walk into a polling station, give your name and address, and cast a vote. Instead, voters will be required to show photographic proof of their identity. Yet more than three million people do not have any. Nearly 11m have neither a passport nor a driver’s licence.

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