After a government report this summer recommended that British voters be required to provide identification, parliament will consider such a law early in the coming year. A Labour Party critic attributed the proposed legislation to the influence of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Under a bill introduced by Chris Green, a Conservative MP from the northwestern city of Bolton, all British voters would have to show a photo ID document at polling stations. Green told the House of Commons in late November that as society changes, so traditional standards of trust have to be reassessed. He said the level of voter impersonation at polling stations is by its very nature difficult to gauge, but it appeared to be on the increase, particularly in areas with large, transient populations.
“We have all heard the phrase ‘vote early and vote often,’ but it appears that that is increasingly happening,” Green said.
Although far from being as contentious as it is in American politics, voter identification is an issue that surfaces from time to time in British life.
Other than in Northern Ireland, citizens do not produce IDs when going to ballot stations. Election staff are only allowed to ask if they are registered and whether they have already voted.
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