Nothing more than fee-eeelings…

I remain somewhat puzzled by the outrage over the voter ID trials in Swindon. Here, the requirement is to bring your polling card as ID. If you don’t bring it, then you need to show another form of photo ID. Everyone who is registered to vote will get a polling card. So if you bring your polling card on Thursday, you won’t be disenfranchised at all. So, what’s the problem? (I accept that voter fraud seems minimal, and the real problem is low election turnout. So this seems to be a waste of money. Or is it guarding against potential chicanery? In our era of ‘fake news’ and outright brazen lying by people who are supposed to be our elected representatives, maybe testing ways of safeguarding elections isn’t such a dumb idea.)

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