Letter: Plans for voters to have to prove their identity at the ballot box

Date published: 29 December 2016

Dear Editor,

Plans for voters to have to prove their identity at the ballot box has my full backing.

There have been squeals from some quarters about the government’s proposals but it is frankly overdue. Fraud may not have been widespread, though no one can say for sure, but any such dishonesty taints our electoral system.

I am not in favour of our first-past-the-post voting system but it is what we currently have and it is vital that it not only above board but seen to be above board.

For those without photo ID two or three forms of proof, such as utility bills, could be used. All adults, rich or poor, should have the ability to vote.

The requirement for voter ID works in Northern Ireland and it should work here too.

I am also pleased that 'harvesting' postal votes for submission by activists is to be banned. I personally would go further and tighten up the eligibility of postal voters to those who are physically unable to get to a polling station. Postal voting offers an easy opportunity for exploitation by those wishing to cheat the system.


Louise Bours
North West UKIP MEP

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