Voter ID

A secure electoral system is vital to a healthy democracy, and the public must have confidence that our elections are secure and fit for the 21st century. I believe that voters being required to bring photographic identification to their polling station is an important way of achieving this.

This change was an important 2019 manifesto commitment and brings the rest of the UK in line with Northern Ireland, which has required photographic identification to vote in elections since 2003.

Extensive analysis is being undertaken of the data collected from polling stations about the impact of this change. The Electoral Commission is expected to publish a full report on its findings in September and the Government will be publishing an evaluation later this year.

If you can provide me with specific problems you have faced, then I can share these with the Electoral Commission.