In the Herald today:
Democracy is about empowering people. It’s a collective public choice, made of millions of voices. But what happens if one person’s voice can be stifled, silenced or even stolen? Why should a criminal have two votes, having stolen one from someone else?
Currently, you need only say your name and address at the polling station to vote. This Victorian test can easily be faked, leaving the potential for a person to cast someone else’s vote. This kind of fraud is difficult to identify but it is not a victimless crime.
It happened this year, in the Holyrood elections, where a would-be voter in Edinburgh Northern and Leith tried to vote, only to be stopped because someone had already cast a ballot in their name. This victim had their voice stolen.
To prevent these crimes and strengthen the integrity of our elections, we are bringing forward new legislation to update electoral law, making sure our democracy remains secure, fair, modern and transparent, and tomorrow, the Elections Bill will be debated in Parliament.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19557299.opinion-westminster-election-bill-will-protect-democracy/
In its 2020 report on Black People, Racism and Human Rights, the Joint Committee on Human Rights highlighted the probable racial discriminatory impact of the Government proposals to require a form of photographic ID in UK Parliamentary elections in Great Britain and local elections in England.
The Scottish Government has made clear its opposition to any such development in Scottish elections, noting that voter fraud, used as a justification by the Prime Minister, is extremely rare. The Electoral Commission reported 164 cases in the 2019 General Election. There were 47.6 million eligible voters. Fraud accounted for 0.00035%.
Only at the very bottom do we see that Chloe Smith MP is the UK (Tory) Government Minister of State for the Constitution and Devolution.