Private Renting Voter Registration (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Tom Copley Tom Copley Labour

Your recent analysis about private renters and voter registration is timely and important. It also highlights how frequently private renters have to move in London. Not having a stable address can sometimes make it harder to get ID. Is there also a concern that the Government current Voter ID pilots and future proposals may make it harder still for London’s private renters to have their voices heard?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Asking voters to bring ID to the polls is the latest barrier to democratic engagement. At a time when British democracy is in crisis, we should encourage and facilitate participation in the democratic system.

Figures from the Electoral Commission show there were just 28 allegations of impersonation out of nearly 45 million votes in 2017 – that is 0.000063%. Only one of these allegations resulted in a conviction.

Voter ID trials are trying to solve an issue that does not exist, but as we saw during the 2018 and 2019 local election ID trials, they are in fact denying vulnerable electors their vote.

I support calls from civil society organisations and the Electoral Commission to reconsider the voter ID roll out. We should instead look at reforming our democratic system and expanding the franchise, so all Londoners have a voice in choosing their leaders and representatives.