Elections: Proof of Identity

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2020.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to carry out an equality impact assessment on the effect of Voter ID on BAME communities at a General Election, before the introduction of Voter ID.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

As I noted in my answer to Question 104752, the Government has taken due regard to the public sector equality duty throughout the planning for implementation. Each pilot authority implemented an equality impact assessment, and our Public Sector Equality Duty was correctly fulfilled. We will continue to work with the Electoral Commission and other stakeholders including charities and civil society organisations to make sure that reforms are delivered in a way that is inclusive for all voters. As the legislation is brought forward the appropriate impact assessments will be provided for Parliament in the normal way.

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