#HandsOffOurVote - Scrap the government's voter ID law

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Sign up to get involved with our campaign as we work to convince MPs to rethink voter IDs. 

The UK government is planning to change your voting rights. 

They have introduced a proposal to require all voters to provide photographic voter ID to vote in all National and Local elections starting in 2023. If this becomes law, potentially hundreds of thousands of voters will be turned away from the polls because of the government's decision to introduce more complexity and bureacracy to the voting system.

The Government knows this will result in voters being turned away from the polls.

The Government tested this themselves, and the results are damning. According the Electoral Commission's own study, in 2018 a pilot program in a few localities saw over 1,000 voters turned away for incorrect ID, and over 300 did not return to vote. We know this law will prevent voters from exercising their democratic rights. 

3.5 million Brits have no form of legal ID (Source: House of Commons Library)

So why is the Government doing this? The government has said that it is trying to ensure confidence in elections by removing the potential for fraud. Only one problem: we have had one case of proven impersonation fraud in the 2017-2019 elections. Not one thousand, or one hundred: one (Source: Electoral Commission). Restricting the rights of millions of British people because of a non-existent crime is an obvious attempt to restrict our ability to vote and an affront the democratic process.

This is not a partisan issue. Democracy works best when we allow as many people to vote as possible. We all need to have a stake in our government so it can work for us. 

We know that our elections are secure, so we need to make it easier to vote, not harder!

Why are we running this campaign?

We’ve started #HandsOffOurVote to bring together people who are passionate about our democracy. We are a group of young campaigners who know that Photographic voter ID in the UK at best is expensive and unnecessary and at worst it could disenfranchise millions of voters. We should be encouraging more people to take part in elections, not making it harder.

Find out more at: www.handsoffourvote.org

Thank you for being a part of this! 



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“It is a dangerous piece of legislation”
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“Complete waste of time, can only be other reasons such as disenfranchisement of voters considering the lack of evidence of voter fraud”
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“Having campaigned since the age of 15 at the General Election that got Maggie Thatcher elected. I also was a professional election agent for the Liberal Democrats. I have never seen any issues of impersonation at the 100’s of elections I have worked on. Also having been homeless bankrupt arrested and now only on disability benefits. With no photo ID would I loose my vote & voice?”
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“It's going to make it very difficult for vulnerable people to vote, for example those with learning disabilities and mental health problems who may find it difficult to produce ID”
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“Fascism trying to revoke people's democratic rights.”
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“It’s anti democratic”
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“Outrageous Johnson Patel must go”
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“A dangerous shift away from fair elections, undemocratic”
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“Disgusting. Horrendous. How can we call ourselves a democracy?”
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“Wholly unnecessary and harmfully disenfranchising”
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Yasmin W has helped recruit 4 more signatures and 2 more supporters so far!
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Tom B has helped recruit 3 more signatures and 1 more supporters so far!
“It will leave large swathes of the voting public unable to vote. This is not the way to fix the voting system.”
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“It’s anti democratic”
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Anne-Marie N has helped recruit 2 more signatures and 1 more supporters so far!
“This may discourage the young and the poor from voting and leave them under represented by the government and as such is in democratic”
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“To make voter ID the law, os voter suppression, it is against democracy, there is no need for it as voter fraud is incredibly rare.”
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“Another tactic by an elitist government to discount underrepresented communities and minorities.”
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