66 PEOPLE TURNED AWAY ON POLLING DAY FOR FAILING TO BRING PHOTO ID

Almost every Islander took valid ID to a polling station when they went to vote in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police & Crime Commissioner election earlier this month. 

The poll – held on Thursday 2nd May – was the first Island-wide election since the introduction of photo-ID rules.

It has been confirmed that 66 people were turned away for not having a valid photo ID (less than 1 for each of the Island’s 71 polling stations). 48 of those turned away subsequently returned with acceptable ID.

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99.8% of electors brought photo ID that met the voter ID requirements of the Elections Act 2022.

Isle of Wight Council’s Returning Officer, Claire Shand, said:

“Whilst we are pleased that a very high proportion of electors brought suitable photo ID with them in this election, we do want to make sure everyone who can vote is able to do so in the forthcoming Parliamentary Election.  Islanders can check whether they have a valid ID on our website and if they do not, they can apply for a free photo-ID.”

“The deadline for applying for the free photo ID to vote in the General Election will be dependent on when the election is called. However, we would urge people not to leave it until the last moment to make an application.  If you don’t hold a valid ID that would enable you to vote, please apply as soon as possible.”

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fred
fred
28 days ago

Voter suppression. In person voting in the UK has the lowest rates of fraud in the world! In the last five elections there has been less that 50 instances of people committing voter fraud.

An 18 year old with a low wage job will not have photo ID. They don’t and can’t go on holiday and no point getting a driving licence. And so now can not vote.

IsleKnow
IsleKnow
Reply to  fred
28 days ago

I agree fraud cases were low, but anyone can apply for a free voter ID from the council, as the article says. So if you know anyone in the position you suggest, get them to apply for the ID pronto.

Zippy
Zippy
28 days ago

It did state on the forms you needed to bring photo ID (and gave examples of acceptable ID), it’s honestly not that difficult!

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
28 days ago

Thinning out the numbers. Making voting more difficult for the proles.

martin
martin
28 days ago

66 planks that shouldn’t be allowed to vote if they didn’t know about the requirement for photo ID…

Upton Spark
Upton Spark
Reply to  martin
28 days ago

What does voting in 2024 achieve

1 leader Mr Schwab

Kevin P Cook
Kevin P Cook
28 days ago

All ONLY necessary thanks to masse illegals and some crooked legals in our country. As is airport stringent checks as is the massive amount of modern slavery , as is acid attacks, knife and gun crime and terror attacks

Not not wanted here cos we is swivel eyed BUT because we can see the truth

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
Reply to  Kevin P Cook
28 days ago

Eh? What are you rambling on about?

Bob
Bob
Reply to  Kevin P Cook
28 days ago

Please call a helpline.They my be able to help you.

Mad island
Mad island
28 days ago

Sending my voting card back to sender when it arrives. No ID needed for me.

Taxpayer
Taxpayer
Reply to  Mad island
28 days ago

Really? Someone so filled with apathy is very unlikely to spend money on a stamp are they? What utter Bee Ess

IsleKnow
IsleKnow
Reply to  Mad island
28 days ago

Obviously putting an x in a square is a bit of a challenge for you?

 

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