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Equalities watchdog says UK government ‘voter ID’ trials will disenfranchise transgender voters

The equalities watchdog has issued a dire warning over the UK government’s upcoming pilots of ‘voter ID’ schemes.

The UK government is rolling out voter ID pilots across four local areas, Watford, Bromley, Gosport, and Woking, for the local government elections next month. 

Under the plans, voters in the pilot areas will be required to show ID, such as a passport or driver’s licence, before they can vote – ahead of a planned wider rollout in future UK-wide elections.

The plans had already been likened to US state-level ‘voter ID’ laws, which are routinely criticised for disenfranchisement of African-Americans, the poor, and other minority groups unlikely to have such ID.

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April 25, 2018

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