Elections: Proof of Identity

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's publication, Electoral Integrity Pilots: Prospectus, published in March 2017, how local support will be defined for the pilot; and what mechanisms he plans to use to measure that support.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 9 of his Department's publication, Electoral Integrity Pilots: Prospectus, published in March 2017, how his Department plans to define and evaluate that the pilot has an effective business case and offers value for money.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The pilot schemes currently scheduled to run in some local authority areas in May 2018 will test the impact on elections in Great Britain of asking voters to present identification at polling stations before voting.

The prospectus, published in March, has set out in detail the Government’s plans for delivering and evaluating the pilot schemes, so that the schemes meet our objectives of reducing opportunities for fraud, and enhancing public confidence in the security of elections in Great Britain.

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