"Voting is one of the most important transactions you can make as an individual. In many transactions you need a proof of ID."The reform was first touted by former cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles in August, when he released recommendations amid growing concerns about electoral fraud.
"I'm determined to ensure, when it comes to groups who are under-registered, that they get the opportunity to exercise their vote," he added.
"Ensuring those communities are protected, that the risks of electoral fraud are diminished, will ensure those individuals are represented fairly across this country.
There are the four other acceptable forms of photographic identification?
They are: A current Northern Ireland or Great Britain full driving licence or a Northern Ireland provisional licence, all of which must bear the photograph of the holder.
A current passport issued by the United Kingdom or any other Member State of the European Community.
A current Senior SmartPass issued under the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme.
A current electoral identity card.
Similar iidentification are needed to get the Identity Card but if you do not have one If you do not have photographic identification to send in with your application, you can ask an MP, MEP, MLA or Councillor to complete the declaration below and send it in with your form.
This seems a bit weird it means that political parties could have some control over those applying.
So the Identity card is largely for those who have none of the above though it seems they need something like an identity indication tom apply for an ID card see here.
Why is there a need to have trials when part of the UK already have a system in process.
We could ask
- Has the NI system led to a reduction in accusation of voting fraud.?
- What is the take up and is there an easier way people could apply?
- Does the NI system adversely affect any part of the population?
- Does the need for a elected representation for those who do not have proof of identity to apply for the card lead to to much power by political parties?
As someone who welcomed by over 60's bus pass not only for the free travel but it helps solves my lack of passport or driving licence when it comes to proof of identity. I am fully aware of the problems people will face in proving their identification.
But is the government new scheme really about combating fraud or an attempt to disenfranchise section of the population as has been alleged.
It seems that this is a gimmick and if they were really serious then they should consider the current postal voting system.