That some people fake stuff at election time is obvious – we are talking about politicians after all. But here we’re talking about some people voting who may not actually have that right to vote. So, we go and test this thesis. Who, how many, is it a problem, all that. Some, possibly:
About 750 people were denied a vote at May’s local elections because of a controversial trial scheme to oblige people in some areas to show ID before casting a ballot, an official study has shown.
While the Electoral Commission, which carried out the research, said the trial in 10 local authority areas in England seemed to have gone smoothly overall, Labour said the scale of the issue meant the government must abandon the scheme. Overall the study found up to 2,083 people were initially turned away for not having the necessary ID with them, and as many as 758 never returned. As a proportion of all votes cast this ranged from 0.7% in two areas, Craven and Pendle, to 0.03% in Mid Sussex.
Majorities are often less than those percentages, than those numbers of votes even. Thus yes, this is a problem. And that it’s Labour saying that nothing should be done about it does rather show who thinks they are benefiting from the current system of non-checks, doesn’t it?
The commission said that in Derby, one of the trial areas, there was a strong correlation between the numbers of people denied a vote in particular wards and the proportion of that ward’s population who were from an Asian background.
That we’ve identified a real problem but the currently woke argument is that we should do nothing about it is just a tad suspicious, isn’t it?