Over 100,000 Young Voters May Lack Photo ID Required by New Bill

Disabled people and those from minority backgrounds could be particularly affected.

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Many younger people risk being denied their vote due to not having recognisable photo ID.

Government analysis shows 4% of those aged 18-24, amounting to over 100,000 young people, lack recognisable photo ID.

This follows Government plans to require a recognisable photo ID to vote in future general elections as part of their Elections Integrity Bill, detailed in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech.

A study commissioned by the Cabinet Office aimed to gather evidence on photo ID ownership in the UK.

3% of 18-24 year olds said that requiring photo ID would make it more difficult for them to vote, with 5% saying it would make it less likely they would vote in person.

Yorkshire and The Humber was the region where the new requirements had the largest impact on likelihood to vote, with 7% of those surveyed (i.e. over 250,000 potential voters) saying that the proposed changes would make them less likely to vote.

Those with disabilities are particularly affected, with 10% of disabled people reporting that the requirements would make it more difficult for them to vote.

Further findings show that 8% of those from ethnic minority backgrounds say that it would be more difficult for them to vote, compared with 5% of white respondents.

The types of photo ID accepted under the proposed plans has widened to include travel passes, Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) cards, and parking permits.

Those without photo ID will be able to request a Voter Card from their local authority.

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