LONDON — The British government said Tuesday it would begin rolling out mandatory identity checks for voters, prompting a backlash from those who say the move could effectively disenfranchise millions.
The controversy, with strong echoes of one that played out across the United States this year, turns on the question of whether identity checks are a reasonable tool to combat electoral fraud or are merely an attempt at voter suppression by another name.
Until now, voters in every part of the United Kingdom except Northern Ireland have been allowed to vote without presenting an ID.
TAP – Farage might get a seat if postal voting and other fraud is stopped. Identifying voters correctly is just a start. Keeping the count straight is also needed.