Should ID be required when Voting?

slim

War Hero
There has been a fair bit in the news recently about Election fraud.
Is it time that ID should be proven when casting your vote?
In this day and age most people have some form of Photo ID so it should not be a problem.
Also it has been reported that some students are intending voting more than once by casting their at university and also at their home address.

What do RR members think?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I don't see how a student can vote twice, you have to be registered in whatever area you want to vote in and your documentation gets sent to that address.

Thinking about it I would say election fraud is quite difficult with the system as it stands today.
 

rebbonk

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
I'm personally against it, though I always take my voting card to the station with me.

It's my understanding that most frauds are connected with the postal vote, which I'm generally against unless you have a very good reason.

I would happily support severe penalties for those that do commit voting fraud, with (say) a minimum custodial sentence of five years.
 

slim

War Hero
I don't see how a student can vote twice, you have to be registered in whatever area you want to vote in and your documentation gets sent to that address.
Students are allowed to register in more than one place. ... Students are eligible to vote in local elections if registered in two areas, but can by law only vote once in Parliamentary elections.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I wasn't aware about the local election part, I was thinking parliamentary election anyway, and they'd still only get one set of documentation sent out.
 
I have no issue with a national ID card. Something that holds both your National Insurance number and a photo.

Not having anything to hide, I cannot see the problem. Now if they start going biometric and want it to hold DNA data or such like then I would object. Simple NI number and photo is fine.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
ID card - no problem.

Biometrics? Have any of you used a biometric passport to 'rush' you through the entry to UK process? What a load of bollix they are! I have never taken less than about 5 minutes to get through one of these god dammed machines. Glasses off - can't see next bit - start again. Moved passport - start again.

Bah humbug.
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
ID card - no problem.

Biometrics? Have any of you used a biometric passport to 'rush' you through the entry to UK process? What a load of bollix they are! I have never taken less than about 5 minutes to get through one of these god dammed machines. Glasses off - can't see next bit - start again. Moved passport - start again.

Bah humbug.

If you have a face that will stop a clock, it will surely slow down a biometric scanner.

ID to vote, yes. Failing that, culturally insensitive spot checks and, where fraud is proven in court, a deterrent jail sentence, publicised on the sides of buses and motorway flyovers.
 

Branch-Hopper

War Hero
they'd still only get one set of documentation sent out.
But one does not need to Polling Card to vote. Yes, it helps the staff find you on the list, but production of the Polling Card at the Polling Station is not mandatory.

One merely has to confirm name and address - which you could quote from any piece of local knowledge. For example my neighbour passed away earlier in the year. I know his name and his address, and that his family have not yet sold on nor tenanted that address. What is to stop me pretending to be him; wait for the staff to change over, then go back to use my own vote?

Production of the Polling Card should be mandatory.

However none of that cures the double-voting student, nor the appalling confidence trick that is the postal vote.
 

fishhead

War Hero
The original motive for postal votes was well intentioned but unfortunately it has been seized upon by those especially in inner city constituencies to bolster the voting for one party in particular. I think women are the most likely to get their vote stolen in this way but I expect anyone old or vulnerable are equally exposed.
I have a postal vote as does Mrs FH and my daughter mainly because we can't be bothered to traipse down to the polling station and I don't think we are alone in that regard.
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
The original motive for postal votes was well intentioned but unfortunately it has been seized upon by those especially in inner city constituencies to bolster the voting for one party in particular. I think women are the most likely to get their vote stolen in this way but I expect anyone old or vulnerable are equally exposed.
I have a postal vote as does Mrs FH and my daughter mainly because we can't be bothered to traipse down to the polling station and I don't think we are alone in that regard.
Seconded.
 
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