Concerns raised over voter ID plans

New voter ID requirements will have a disproportionate effect on young people, Alistair Carmichael has warned.

The MP for the isles has highlighted the risk of the measures before parliament.

He said there was an “imbalance” between accepted ID for older people and the lack of options for younger folk.

He also raised newly published FOI correspondence this week showing that the Electoral Commission has warned the government that the introduction of voter ID would be neither “secure” nor “workable” by next year.

“We now have detailed proposals from the government on voter ID and we can see a number of concerns, in particular the massive imbalance between the ID that is available for younger people as opposed to those available for older people,” he said.

“We also know from published correspondence that the Electoral Commission has warned the government that the introduction of voter ID is neither ‘secure’ nor ‘workable’ by 2023.”

Responding for the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, Cat Smith MP said: “The committee has heard the points he’s made.

“It is for the government and not the commission to comment on the inclusion or exclusion of any particular form of ID.

“The commission has emphasised that voting at polling stations must remain accessible for all voters, regardless of age, and that not all voters currently have acceptable photo ID.”


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  • Douglas Young

    • December 3rd, 2022 12:51

    The Tories only gained power thanks to Carmichael and his party forming a coalition with them in 2010.
    The only opportunity to remove them from Scotland was on 18th Sept 2014 with a vote for independence.
    Carmichael and his party again supported the Tory party in power by telling the electorate to vote NO.
    Ever since, he’s criticised Westminster Tory policies in an effort to give the impression he’s standing up for folk.
    Nothing could be further from the truth but he’s never questioned by local media.


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