Do the Conservatives want to cut electoral fraud or cut voting by opponents?

3 Mar 2018

The Conservatives are keen to introduce identity checks at polling stations before people vote. So much so, that pilots are being carried out for this May’s elections in some places. Which prompts the question, why?

You might think, ‘ah, because identity checks are a sensible security precaution’. However, the incidence of voter fraud caused by people being impersonated at polling stations has been so low than even the Eric Pickles’s report which talked up the risks of it found almost no actual evidence.