New ruling to force British voters to show ID before voting
Every British citizen will soon have to sign a form or show identification before they can vote, the Government has announced.
In an historic shift, which comes after years of campaigning by the Electoral Commission and The Times, the Government finally agreed yesterday to end the system whereby one person in each household names all those eligible to vote in their property.
Voters will be allowed to register individually on the electoral roll from the autumn of 2010 by either signing a form or providing identification. Household registration will still be an option until the autumn of 2015, when individual registration will become compulsory if it is given approval by the Electoral Commission.
Michael Wills, the Justice Minister, called the decision âradical and unprecedentedâ last night.
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Campaigners have been pressing for individual registration as a way of tackling rising electoral fraud, such as âghost votersâ who are registered but do not exist in a house and fraudsters who apply for bogus postal votes.
I think this is a good idea, ZANU Labour fear the idea as they know that they will suddenly lose voters off the roll.