A trial has, predictably, sent Labour into meltdown. But not only is their response disingenuous—it's deeply misguidedby Charlotte Gill / March 8, 2018 / Leave a comment
In order to strengthen the voting identification process, the Tories are introducing checks in five areas in a trial that could be extended nationwide, should it work successfully.
This move seems largely about the risk of students double-voting, as they are allowed to register for elections both at home at university. Suspicions about their activities has not arisen out of nowhere; last year, the Electoral Commission received over 1,000 complaints and letters from 38 MPs, many of which cited these concerns.
Given that the youth vote is increasing—with two million more applying to vote at the snap election—it is not unreasonable for the Tories to tighten up in this area. Surprise surprise, Labour has gone into meltdown.
The fact is, voting has always been an alarmingly relaxed and unvetted affair in this country. On my journeys to the ballot box, I am always rather disappointed that when I tell the officials “I am Charlotte Gill” and no one replies: “really?” The most extreme check is being asked for an address, which at worst means that someone who stole another person’s post could pretend to be them.
Our process seems all the more lax given that we are asked to prove our identity in numerous parts of life; if most of us can manage bringing a driving license out clubbing on a Saturday night, clobbered, I’m sure we can do…