Tories trying hard to put off Labour voters.
Tories trying hard to put off Labour voters.

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The turnout at the recent local elections was diabolical, well below 20% in some wards. So, you’d think that the Government would be keen to introduce measures which’d encourage more to vote. After all, the less that participate the less representative our council will be. Also, it would be easier for minorities to get elected if the silent majority stays at home.

But no, what lies on the horizon is the production of photo ID at polling stations before you are allowed to vote. This is allegedly being done to combat voter fraud.

I say “allegedly”, as I ask what people will have to show in order to prove their identity. And the two examples that are initially quoted are passports and driving licences.

Well I for one don’t drive, which is something true of many poorer voters in our most deprived wards. Similarly, if I go on holiday it’s to Blackpool rather than the Bahamas. Thus, I’ve no passport either. Again, that’s true of the least affluent currently struggling to pay their bills.

Given that the poorest aren’t exactly going to be card-carrying Conservative supporters, can you see as to why I’m so suspicious as to the Government’s intentions?

Of course, you’ll be able to apply for another form of suitable ID. But if you’re disillusioned with those in charge, there is a danger that you won’t bother. Which I’m sure is what the Tories are wanting to happen.

Therefore, we must as a party resist this change, and if it does occur, campaign to get voters registered. Otherwise they will lose their democratic rights that took many years to obtain.

Tim Mickleburgh.

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