Ruth Davidson swears about voter ID proposals on Peston
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The proposals – included in the Queen’s Speech – have sparked a wave of criticism from Conservative figures including former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. Lawmakers and civil liberties groups have warned the rules could act as barriers for individuals seeking to exercise their right to vote, particularly those from marginalised groups of society.
But despite the backlash for the proposed plans, the majority of Express.co.uk readers would be happy to show IDs in elections.
An Express.co.uk poll – which ran from 4pm yesterday to 4pm today – asked: “Should you be required to show identification to vote in elections?”
Out of 19,407 responses, a staggering 94 percent of people said voter IDs should be shown in elections.
Just six percent said they shouldn’t, while 41 people said they don’t know.
One person said it is “obscene” that it has taken this long to come about.
They said: “It’s just obscene that it has taken this long to come about.
“Postal voting is the biggest incomer scam going.”
A second Express.co.uk reader simply said: “Yes. If you have nothing to hide then I can’t see the problem.”
A third person echoed: “Don’t see the problem if you are not trying to commit voter fraud you have nothing to worry about.”
Another person said: “When you do an important public job such as jury service you need to show ID so why wouldn’t you need to show ID for carrying out the extremely important public service of voting.
“Of course ID is needed.”
Someone else pointed out how ID cards have been used in Northern Ireland for years.
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They said: “It’s been mandatory in Northern Ireland for years.
“You can get an electoral card free of charge.
“Why are the lefties against it?”
Another reader simply added: “It makes sense to have ID.
“I don’t see why not.”
Others said the Government should be focusing on postal fraud.
Ms Davidson said the announcement left her flabbergasted and said she “couldn’t believe it” when the policy – which has been opposed by the Labour Party – came out.
She told ITV’s Peston programme: “I honestly didn’t know what we were doing”.
She said she doubts whether ministers could put any credible arguments for the policy forward “because I don’t think there’s any evidence to cite”.
She continued: “I think in terms of this particular part of the Queen’s Speech, I think it’s total b*ks, and I think it’s trying to give a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, and that makes it politics as performance.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg sought to defend the change by highlighting a ban on MPs wearing overcoats and hats during Commons divisions.
The Commons Leader defended the Government’s plan to require photographic identification to vote.
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