What does an Electoral Integrity Pilot mean?
We would ask all polling station voters to produce proof of identity in order to be able to vote.
What sort of ID would be required?
All electors voting in person at a polling station would be required to present either one valid photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID at the polling station. There is a list on this webpage here which may be subject to change. What ID will I need to vote?
Local authorities will provide alternative methods of ID free of charge to individuals who do not have the correct ID, ensuring that everyone who is registered has the opportunity to vote.
Is postal voting affected?
The current procedure for verifying postal votes based on comparing the signature on the postal vote application form with the signature submitted with the completed postal vote will remain unchanged for new and existing postal voters. Those voting by post would not be required to provide ID before they can cast their vote.
Why are these pilots taking place?
The Government is considering introducing legislation that will require some form of identification to be presented before voting. This is to make the electoral system more secure. The voter ID pilots are being designed to test the impact of voter identification on all aspects of elections in Great Britain, including cost and turnout. ID is seen as a way of modernising and strengthening the electoral processes and enhancing public confidence in our electoral processes.
Have these pilots taken place before?
In 2018, five local authorities (Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking) participated in the first Electoral Integrity Pilots. The Electoral Commission evaluated these pilots and the findings were positive. The conclusion was as follows: “Overall, the voter identification requirements trialled in May 2018 worked well. Nearly everyone in the five pilot scheme areas who went to vote in their polling station was able to show identification without difficulty. The number of people who did not vote because they couldn’t show identification was very small.
“People in the areas where the pilot schemes took place were significantly less likely to think that electoral fraud took place than people in other areas with elections in May 2018. Returning Officers and their staff in polling stations were able to run the new processes well and without any significant problems.”
To read the full evaluation report, click here: Evaluation Report
Are other districts taking part in the pilot in 2019?
Currently, 11 local authorities are expected to participate in different types of pilots at the May 2019 local elections, taking in a mixture of rural and large urban areas and areas with different demographic profiles.