Local Government: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 13th November 2018.

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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, if the Government will publish the statutory orders for each of the electoral pilot schemes taking place at local government elections in 2019.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

The Government is committed to making sure that our electoral system is fit for the future.

Orders enabling the pilot scheme to require voters to present identification before voting at a polling station will be published on GOV.UK.

The orders derive from the Representation of the People Act 2000, which makes provision for local authorities to submit proposals to pilot innovative electoral administration practices at local government elections.

The success of the voter ID pilots in May this year proves that voter ID is a reasonable and proportionate measure. On 3 November the Government announced that eleven local authorities across England would be taking part in voter ID pilots for the 2019 local elections:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/next-round-of-voter-id-pilots-announced-for-2019

The pilots will give us a deeper understanding of how voter ID will work on a wider scale and what works best for voters.

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