The importance of dis/enfranchisement: On International Women’s Day #IWD2018 and in the year celebrating 100 years since 8.5 million (40%) of women in the UK were first able to vote it seems pertinent to write about the possible dis-enfranchisement of millions. Last month I wrote a short story highlighting (I hope) the importance of votes for all and some detail of the struggle for it. Here it is if you’d like to read it.
In the local elections, taking place in May of this year, the Conservative Government are planning to run a voting ID pilot which will take place in Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking. Separate trials about the security of postal voting will take place in Peterborough, Tower Hamlets and Slough. All this despite the lack of a problem. For as Ellie Mae O'Hagan writes:
Data collection by the Electoral Commission suggests there were 28 cases of voter fraud in 2017. Of course it’s hard to collect numbers of this issue, so let’s imagine the true figure is actually double that. This would mean 0.0008% of the UK electorate committed voter fraud. Voter ID is just the latest Tory ruse to deplete the Labour vote Guardian 06/03/18
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By Gayle Letherby