PUBLISHED: 10:08, Wed, Nov 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:25, Wed, Nov 4, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned not to roll-out voter ID laws, similar to those observed in many US states, following claims of "voter suppression" across America. It comes as the US election hangs in the balance. Incumbent President Donald Trump has already blasted the vote as a "fraud", claiming victory even before all the results have been announced.
Ten states are yet to declare all their votes.
In the UK, ministers recently confirmed their commitment to introducing mandatory voter ID for elections.
They said they also want the laws to be rolled out across local elections in England and Northern Ireland.
Yet, the calls have been met with decisive opposition, with many highlighting the risks of imposing the policy when millions of Britons lack photo ID.
UK politics: There is growing opposition to introducing voter ID laws in the UK (Image: GETTY)
Boris Johnson: The UK PM has floated the idea of introducing the laws similar to those in the US (Image: GETTY)
Darren Hughes, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said the laws would be "unfair" and dissuade Britons from participating in the democratic process of elections.
He said: "Strict voter ID laws have been rightly challenged for unfairly locking out large numbers of voters in the US and undermining free and equal access to the ballot box. There are real concerns that these policies are being used as a partisan tool to restrict voter rights and skew the rules against already marginalised groups.
"In the US, as here, it’s a recipe for reducing trust in elections, and deepening the divides in democracy. And yet the UK government wants to import this ‘show your papers’ policy to the UK.
"This election, there’ve been countless cases of problems with strict ID laws in the US, despite little or no evidence of widespread fraud beforehand. This is a dangerous road to go down in Britain. There is simply no case for pulling up the drawbridge to millions of Brits who lack photo ID, and we should heed the lessons from America."
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Voter suppression: People protest new voter ID rules in Pennsylvania in 2012 (Image: GETTY)