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Jane and Kirsty criticise Government's voter ID plan

By Digital Directorate, Oct 15, 2019 9:10

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Jane Dodds MP and Kirsty Williams AM have criticised the Government's recent announcement of their plan to make voters have to show a valid photo ID to vote in elections.

Over the weekend the Government announced it's plan to bring in a new "Electoral Integrity Bill" which will make a number of changes to the existing electoral law.

Amongst these are plans to limit the number of proxy votes one person can hold and also make it compulsory for voters to have to show valid photographic ID in order to vote.

The proposed law is based on a report in 2016 by Sir Eric Pickles, then a Conservative MP and the Government's "Anti-Corruption Champion".

Commenting on the announcement Jane Dodds, Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

"I am outraged at the Conservatives plan to make it harder to vote by requiring voters to show Photo ID in order to be able to exercise their democratic right to vote.

the Conservatives plan to make it harder to vote

"These moves are intended to fix an issue which simply isn't a major problem. In 2017 there were just 26 reports of voter fraud, out of almost 33 million votes cast - a far cry from the epidemic the Government is keen to paint it as.

"The Government needs to drop these ridiculous plans and get on with addressing real issues, such as fixing the funding crisis in our NHS and giving more support to our rural communities."

Also commenting on the plans Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

These changes will unfairly penalise older and younger voters

"This calculated move from the Conservatives is clearly aimed at making it harder to vote.

"These changes will unfairly penalise older and younger voters, as well as those from more disadvantaged and BAME backgrounds. It also fails to take into account the effect on rural communities, where many people may not have photo ID.

"I urge the UK Government to go back to the drawing board and scrap these rash proposals."


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