Shocking map shows where in UK two million do not have right to vote | UK | News

An estimated 2 million registered voters across England and Wales have no qualifying ID, denying them the right to vote in the upcoming General Election on July 4.

Exclusive data from Survation and Royal Holloway, University of London suggests that more than 1.9 million people are registered but lack appropriate ID to vote – some four percent of all those registered.

The proportion is far higher in some areas, however. In both Wakefield West in West Yorkshire and Liskeard Central in Cornwall, an estimated 39 percent of registered voters don’t have ID, affecting thousands of people.

Chris Hanretty, Professor of Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, said: “The vast majority of registered voters have photo ID, but a small proportion don’t, and that small proportion gets bigger in some areas. If just a few of these voters without ID turn up to vote, we can expect lots of stories about people being disenfranchised.”

New laws requiring voter ID were introduced last year, with the local elections in England on May 4, 2023 being the first in Britain to require voters to show identification before being issued with a ballot paper.

Voters can use passports, driving licences, Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) cards, Blue badges, and some concessionary travel cards.

People without an existing acceptable form of voter ID can apply online or by post for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC).
The deadline to apply for a VAC to vote in the General Election on July 4 is 5 pm on Wednesday, June 26.

If you go to the polling station without the correct ID, you’ll be turned away. Boris Johnson was turned away from his local polling station this May after forgetting to bring his ID.

Meanwhile, thousands of people who tried to vote at a polling station in May 2023 were not able to because of the voter ID requirement, and many non-voters said they did not vote because of the ID requirement.

In its statutory report, produced in September 2023, the Electoral Commission found that some people found it harder than others to show accepted voter ID, including disabled people, younger voters, people from ethnic minority communities, and the unemployed.

The Commission and others have recommended the list of allowable IDs be reviewed and consideration be given to making the voter ID rules more accessible to the most affected groups.

However, the Government rejected calls for additional types of ID to be added to the list, saying the implementation of voter ID was “conducted efficiently with very few voters initially turned away”.

Latest polling data by YouGov showed Labour maintaining their top position of 44 percent, with the Conservatives 20 points behind. Reform UK, now led by Nigel Farage, are predicted to get 17 percent of the votes, only two points behind the Tories at 19 percent.

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