Elections Bill: Motion B1

In reference to Motion B1: Spending £180 million over the next 10 years to make photo ID compulsory to vote is disproportionate and unnecessary. After much debate there has been no evidence to justify the cost involved. 

There is proof that impersonation at the polling station is not a significant problem. The number of replacement ballot papers issued in the last general election, was due mostly because of a clerical error, such as crossing off the wrong name. This number was just 1,341 out of over 32 million ballot papers. That is an average of two replacement ballot papers in each constituency, or just one for every 30 polling stations. 

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