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  • Voter Suppression coming to the UK
  • Premier Icon Edukator
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    “Britons living abroad for more than 15 years to be given right to vote”

    I’m interested how that will work. Will there be regional contituencies (with 11 MPs representing French people living in different parts of the World) for overseas voters like the French system or will you be assigned to where you left from? Depending on which of those is the case I’ll be voting Green or Plaid Cymru.

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    potentially resulting in Stay at Home order

    Ha ha! Show me anyone in the UK who’s ever had, or even at risk of having, even a slap on the wrist, never mind a “stay at home order” for not having or using any app. That “potentially” is doing a lot of work in that bullshit statement, isn’t it.

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    big_n_daft
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    Plenty of people on the remain side of Brexit are wondering why what they saw as a clear cut facts based discussion was lost…

    Almost like having the facts denied by people in positions of power and responsibility caused a problem, isn’t it. But that’s not what we’re talking about. If the idea was really to deal with “concerns” then there would be no reliable sources talking about anything except that voter fraud isn’t an option and voter ID is a stupid idea. FB etc could still be pouring out misinformation and lies but it’s the “legitimate” sources that give those strength.

    Premier Icon Riksbar
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    Except my 91 year old mum who lives in a care home so has no car and hence driving licence. Her passport renewal was turned down (presumably because she was born in India) although she’s had a passport since she was 18

    Being born abroad this sort of thing genuinely frightens me. As it is I have to keep my passport up to date to work despite having lived in the U.K. from 6 weeks old and the more the Conservatives build in barriers for non-problems the more likely it is that I and others will get caught in the consequences.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    The spokesperson on Newsnight last night was terrible, I assume she was a Govt lackey.

    Emily Maitlis said that the risk of voter fraud was akin to being hit by lightning 3 times. The reaction was typically ignorant. and she was really struggling to smile and stay civil when Maitlis was destroying her argument. It would be quite amusing if this wasn’t such a serious power grab.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Being born abroad this sort of thing genuinely frightens me. As it is I have to keep my passport up to date to work despite having lived in the U.K. from 6 weeks old and the more the Conservatives build in barriers for non-problems the more likely it is that I and others will get caught in the consequences.

    Pretty much identical circumstances for me. Last year I moved to another Civil Service department. My passport lapsed in between showing it at the interview and showing it again when I started the job, so had to find and produce other ID.

    Despite having been in the Civil Service 17 years, and produced documents confirming my right to work here several times when I’ve changed jobs and departments, I still had to produce photo ID document(s) I don’t practically need to have, or jump through hoops with other docs.

    It’s similar with setting up new bank accounts as well.

    If we are moving towards having to produce photo ID to access work or services, the government needs to be providing it for free.

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    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    If it was made available to anyone with the right to live and work in the UK, for free (or as part of that process if you were applying), would it not make a lot of things easier?

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    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    You could do no worse than look to what our current PM once said of them

    f I am ever asked, on the streets of London, or in any other venue, public or private, to produce my ID card as evidence that I am who I say I am, when I have done nothing wrong and am simply ambling along and breathing God’s fresh air like any other freeborn Englishman, then I will take that card out of my wallet and physically eat it in the presence of whatever emanation of the state has demanded I produce it.”

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    I hope the cards are as solid as ours then. My last one survived 15 years of abuse and if forced to eat it I reckon it would have taken days rather than hours.

    Premier Icon Murray
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    I worked in Sweden in the 1990s, your personnummer was necessary for everything including renting a video so was completely accepted.

    The UK is different, we’ve had propaganda about how we’re better than foreigners because we don’t have to produce ID at least since I was a child in the 60s/70s. Despite needing photo ID for flights or buying alcohol if you look young.

    And now we can see how hard it’s been made for EU nationals to get ID showing their right to remain – does anyone seriously think that a UK ID card will be better implemented? Any gaps in your employment record, proof of banking, proof of housing, proof of nationality will cause a rejection.

    Premier Icon dissonance
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    I hope the cards are as solid as ours then

    He will just need to fly out to Afghanistan when someone produces a choice of condiments for it.

    Premier Icon grum
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    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    As above, it would be ok if we lived somewhere like Sweden with much higher levels of trust between the public and government and an accepted level of ‘intrusion’ by the state if it serves society, but we don’t.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    It’s is a somewhat “thin end of the wedge”argument fo’sure, but have we done the Chinese and their Social Credit Scheme

    Now, I don’t think that any western govt is going to introduce anything so draconian. By the same token in these days of complete domination by technology, I also can’t imagine that once introduced and accepted any scheme which allows govt to ID it’s citizens isn’t going to be expanded into an App…Big data any-one? Just look at how successful FB is, most civil servants would give their eye-teeth for that sort of data set…I know Dom Cummings was keen.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    willard
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    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    Personally I don’t think it is, not in isolation. But what comes with it can be. Costs can be pushed onto people who can barely afford it and gain least from it (and in this government, inevitably would be). It can be used as a tool of harrassment (and in this country, inevitably would be). And so on.

    Arguably the biggest argument for not having one, is that we don’t have one. The costs of setting it up are considerable, and we’re a country in financial trouble. (and also, some of those troubles and politics have diminished the benefits of an ID card- less freedom of travel, less reason to travel, less desirable work location, less services to access with it). I wouldn’t necessarily argue for dismantling it if we had it, but that’s a different argument to not creating it when you don’t.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    To add to the above

    – I doubt it would replace any of the systems we already need ID to access – Tax (why do we have NI number AND a Unique Tax Reference?), driving license, NHS number etc. If it doesn’t, what does it bring apart from duplication?

    – I suspect big business data will be involved, tracking us, understanding us, make business based decisions, not access to services as a citizen. The Facebook dream ticket of connecting your online content, with spending, with tax payments and health information…

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    The most fundamental thing that’s perhaps not really being mentioned is that voting is a right, any bill that carry the potential to impede some citizen’s ability to exercise that right should come with indisputable proof that the crime it seeks to prevent are happening and are causing damage to our democracy… “Because Facebook” isn’t really an iron clad case in my book.

    It’s an interesting grift isn’t it, a placebo for an issue imagined up by Gammony, Facebook dwelling, conspiracists.
    A policy invented solely because it’s going to appeal to the new Tory voting demographic.

    But it also comes with a bonus, the requirement for ID at a polling station acts as a de-facto voter suppression measure that is conveniently weighted towards demographic groups who typically don’t vote Tory…

    Not to start coming over all Trumpish but the ‘best’ way to commit electoral fraud currently (and still if this bill passes) will be through postal votes: False registration, Theft and completion by someone with access to a voters home, interception in the post, all viable methods, no need to visit a polling station.
    If people are genuinely worried about voter fraud and want to see the government implement measures to prevent it, the first port of call should be getting rid of postal voting. Which of course is taken up disproportionately by older voters more prone to voting Tory…

    This will be a bill that really tests the strength of Labour in opposition (I know there are other parties too). not just in commons debate, but in terms of their ability to push it up the news agenda, and keep it there creating enough of a froth amongst the new Tory voters. If this passes it will be at least in part because the opposition have failed to get the message across to the public that it amounts to Tories seeking to separate people from their right to vote.

    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    It wouldn’t, but that’s not actually the question posed in this thread is it.
    Implementing a National ID card is a bit of a logical leap, a solution to the problems created when legitimate voters wishing to attend a polling station without photo ID are refused their right to vote.
    An ID card in this context would be solution to a problem, created by a solution to a non-existent problem.
    I’m sure Gove has a chum who could run off 70 million ID cards for a nominal fee…

    The questions that need to keep being thrown back at Government are simple:

    Do the government (with their current majority) have evidence that recent national votes and elections have been subject to significant (in person) voter fraud?

    Can the government guarantee that no legitimate voter’s ability to vote will be impeded by these measures?

    What measures are the government planning to bring into force to address the far more prevalent problems of fake news, disinformation and voter manipulation?

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    At this point I’d like to say again this isn’t about introducing a national ID card.

    This is about stopping people voting because they haven’t needed to pay to get one of the current photo ID cards – passports or driving licenses – thus preventing millions from exercising their democratic right to vote.

    Premier Icon andy8442
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    And we all wonder what Cumming’s has been up to the last few months.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    It would be quite amusing if this wasn’t such another serious power grab.

    FTFY.

    At this point, I’d like to ask, once again, why having a single national ID would be so bad?

    a) It’s not necessary. This is GDPR 101, you have to have a legitimate need to process someone’s data. A national ID card fails this test.

    b) Who’s paying for it? Who’s going to be printing ~55 million secure ID cards? A driving licence replacement is twenty quid and that is using long-established infrastructure. Even ignoring costs for new ID Card infrastructure that’s over a billion before you’ve started.

    c) Who would have access to your details? With reference to b), that’s something a lot of people would pay good money for.

    But of course, they wouldn’t sell your data, would they. Have we forgotten the Investigatory Powers Bill (“Snooper’s Charter”) already? That grants access to any UK citizen’s Internet activity to deep breath:

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    Premier Icon andy8442
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    I can’t believe this isn’t a more popular thread. Or, like pretty much every other story coming out of the government, is it yesterdays chip wrapper?

    Premier Icon MSP
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    Has Starmer done any opposing yet? I haven’t seen anything in the news that I look at. Maybe he is waiting to score points at the dispatch box so he can look clever in the Westminster bubble.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    He’s been warning about it as leader for a while:

    Retweeted this the other day:

    Premier Icon binners
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    Ruth Davidson was fairly unambiguous in her appraisal of Johnsons latest assault on democracy

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    She put that quite succinctly and accurately, didn’t she.

    Premier Icon binners
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    She perfectly vocalised what most of us were thinking

    Premier Icon poly
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    If she’d been so straightforward and critical of the party when she was actually elected to Holyrood they’d have stood a serious chance of hurting the nats and blocking some of the policies she really hates!

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    Why does voting ID mean voter suppression rather than just reducing voter fraud? Why is it so black and white? Why are old, young, poor, and disabled people not able to obtain voter ID? Surely the simple answer is two-fold, introduce the need for ID to increase voting security and improve access to the forms of ID necessary. In relation to two of the groups highlighted, I thought disabled people more likely than others to hold ID like the DID card, and aren’t elderly people more likely to have some form of ID live a travel pass?

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    There is no (or so little to be irrelevant) in person voter fraud to “reduce”.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Why does voting ID mean voter suppression rather than just reducing voter fraud?

    Because there isn’t any voter fraud. well, not strictly true, but you may as well have a bill called “This bill is all about Barry, he knows why. Voting Act 2021”

    Premier Icon binners
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    Isn’t it always the case that these so-called libertarians quickly morph into authoritarians once in power? David Davis being probably the most glaring example alongside Boris.

    I expect all the very vocal libertarians in the Tory ranks will dutifully vote it through when the time arrives.

    If the EU or the labour party were to propose something like this they’d literally be soiling their petticoats with booming, righteous indignation and talking about Police States

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    Why does voting ID mean voter suppression rather than just reducing voter fraud?

    because the number of people who can’t vote today because they don’t have an ID source. is 3.5million. you will stop Way way way way way way way way way (you get the idea) more people voting than you will stop fraudulent votes. even if they got everyone ID for free more people would forget the bloody thng and be refused than will be fraudlent voting.

    And thats just the people who don’t have Id, my other half didn’t have any

    Premier Icon big_n_daft
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    Does anyone know how many of the 3.5 million are actually on the electoral roll? It’s not the main point but could point to what is a group essentially detached from the democratic system

    I’m with Ruth on this issue. It’s arguably a dead cat to distract when they need to divert attention from something

    Premier Icon igm
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    D’you know, I’m not exactly right wing but Ruth is the kind of Tory one warms to. Maybe not enough to vote for but well done.

    Another question on this, if there is an ID to vote that you would not otherwise need (and we’ve seen non-driving, no foreign trips examples on the thread) presumably it would have to be made available for free as to do otherwise would be requiring people to pay to vote – thoughts?

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Yeah fair play to Ruth Davidson, presumably she found her spine down the back of the sofa, just in time to be elevated to the House of Lords.

    Premier Icon MSP
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    Does anyone know how many of the 3.5 million are actually on the electoral roll? It’s not the main point but could point to what is a group essentially detached from the democratic system

    The US election last year was won by getting those normally detached from the democratic system, to actually vote (not the myth of flipping swing voters that the centrists like to peddle). That is why republican states are enacting voter suppression laws to put them back in the box.

    The tories have seen this and worry about the same happening here, although when the opposition leaders reaction is a retweet, I don’t think they should be overly worried about him gaining such momentum.

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    Has Starmer done any opposing yet?

    Who knows when the meeja hasn’t given any airtime to anyone other than Garage and the boys in blue for the last five years.

    Why does voting ID mean voter suppression rather than just reducing voter fraud?

    Because a lot of people don’t have photo ID so would no longer be able to vote, and extant voter fraud is as close to zero as to be statistically irrelevant so there’s no need for it.

    I’d suggest you read the rest of this thread. We’ve answered these questions and your others several times over now.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    Why does voting ID mean voter suppression rather than just reducing voter fraud? Why is it so black and white? Why are old, young, poor, and disabled people not able to obtain voter ID? Surely the simple answer is two-fold, introduce the need for ID to increase voting security and improve access to the forms of ID necessary. In relation to two of the groups highlighted, I thought disabled people more likely than others to hold ID like the DID card, and aren’t elderly people more likely to have some form of ID live a travel pass?

    Because it starts with the false premise that UK elections are insecure and prone to in-person fraud, when they’re demonstrably not.
    It then proposes pretty much the weakest possible bolt on “security measure” which also happens to be the measure which, as it happens, would impede more non-tory voters.

    This is a rare instance where the status-quo already delivers free and fair elections, and the proposed “Solution” would actually erode that.

    If you want ID cards, put forward a bill proposing and justifying ID cards, don’t engineer a situation where one possible solution is the provision of free National ID cards.

    Basically why are the Tories trying to “fix” a spurious issue with electoral security using ID cards that nobody is asked for either?

    Premier Icon labsey
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    Did they trial something with the local elections? my Wife and I went to vote together and we both got asked for ID, I had some one my but my wife didn’t, we were both still allowed to cast our votes.

    Premier Icon dissonance
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    Did they trial something with the local elections?

    There have been trials in a couple of areas of different approaches. Not sure whether there were any for this local election but its possible the trial areas kept the same approach going.

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    Next will be reducing the number of Polling Stations, it’ll be sold as an ‘efficiency drive’ and obviously tightening up who can vote by post…

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