Saturday, 20 May 2017

Tories Photo ID voting is a plan to gerrymander voting.

The Tory manifesto has commitment to forcing  people to use photo ID to vote, stopping millions from taking part in future elections
The manifesto reads.
"We will legislate to ensure that a form of identification must be presented before voting, to reform postal voting and to improve other aspects of the elections process to ensure that our elections are the most secure in the world. We will retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper, and tackle every aspect of electoral fraud," the manifesto reads.
The plans to force people to show ID when they vote could stop millions of people from taking part in future elections.
The law would stop an estimated 3.5 million people, or 7.5 per cent of the electorate, from voting,if they don't own a passport or a driving licence.ccording to the Electoral Commission. Those people would be stopped from voting entirely
Not withstanding  the simple fact that voting fraud largely exist in Postal Voting where presumably  Photo Id will not be used and that at a bypath, clearly those who have no such thing as a passport or  a driving  licences are more. likely to be poorer and non-Tory voters,

How would you go about getting an Id card anyway. 

Presumably it would need you to send of your Birth Certificate
As a 63 job seeker with health problems I have been sent to Remploy to aid me in seeking work.

There I was asked for proof of  identification and after offering my Bus Pass managed to have my Credit Card accepted as proof.

I was also informed that if I was to find work I would need a copy of my full Birth Certificate, and was told how to get one when I explained I had mislaid mine.

For his thriller Day of the Jackal  - about a marksman hired to assassinate France's President de Gaulle - Fredrick  Forsyth chose a method, by far the most straightforward and falsely obtain a Birth Certificate.

The book's protagonist - the Jackal - trawls three village graveyards looking for the headstone of a baby boy who, had he not died, would have been about the same age as the assassin.
Taking the details of the late Alexander James Quentin Duggan to the Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, the Jackal buys a copy of the deceased's birth certificate - all the proof he needs to successfully apply for a passport.

Things may have tightened  up but all I need to know was

My date of birth

Where I was born

Fathers Name

Mothers Name and previous surname.

A trip to the National Library and a few hours looking up Births ,Deaths and Marriages in 1953 copies of the Pontypridd Observer would have provided the information.

So basically in order to get the information to obtain the certificate that will give you the means to obtain Photo Id.

It is unlikely that we would see a mass campaign using this information to perpetuate a huge voter fraud.

But that's the point, the Tory photo voter ID plan is a Sledge Hammer to crack enough.

But as I said its not at the polling booth  that the majority of the small number of voting fraud takes place.

The truth is its allowing Political  Parties and candidates to organise the collection of some postal voted  that is the problem may arise ( though there seems to have been only a few cases) and we probably will see no change there.

This is part of a long term Policy for the Tories wsho are already Gerrymandering  constituencies by counting registered  voters rather than actual population , to further disfranchise voters who they feel will not vote for them.

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