Elections: Proof of Identity

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent from the public purse on voter ID pilot schemes.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the evaluation of Voter ID Pilots 2019, published in July 2019, if he will publish the cost data from all pilot authorities.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Voter ID is part of a body of work this Government is delivering to strengthen the integrity of our electoral system and give the public confidence our elections are secure and fit for the 21st century. The pilots were run to give us a deeper understanding of how voter ID will work on a wider scale - and what works best for voters - before national roll-out.

The costs of testing models of voter ID as part of the 2018 pilots have already been published and the costs of testing voter ID as part of the 2019 pilots will be published when all accounts with the piloting authorities have been settled.

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