If you’ve lost your ID, you can still vote in tomorrow’s elections. Here’s how.
Lost your photo ID? Here’s how you can still vote in May’s local government elections.
Under new rules, voters in England will need to show photo ID before they are allowed to vote at the May 4 election.
The government has claimed that the requirement will crack down on voter impersonation, despite there being just 33 allegations at the 2019 election – equivalent to 0.000057 per cent of votes. A single person was convicted of the offence.
The ballot boxes are now safe from such rampant fraud, but millions of people without ID have been disenfranchised.
If you’re in this group, you may still be able to vote. Here’s how.
How to vote by proxy
If your photo ID has been lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged, you are eligible to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This means you nominate someone to vote for you.
“The government’s new voter ID requirements are a clear and present danger to democracy in our country,” Tom Brake, director of Unlock Democracy and a former Lib Dem MP, told The Big Issue.
“The government’s much vaunted voter authority certificate scheme is an absolute failure with only around 85,000 applications. Never before will so many people be at risk of being turned away from casting their vote, either because they don’t have the right form of ID, or they simply forget to take it with them.”
Around a quarter of voters wrongly believe they don’t need ID to cast a ballot.
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