As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to introduce the UK voter identification bill, British parties and US activist groups have condemned the proposal.
American activist groups compared Johnson to former US President Donald Trump and warned that he would “suppress the vote.”
Johnson is expected to introduce a bill this spring, which would require the imposition of a photo ID at polling stations across the UK and a Conservative campaigner’s promise during the 2019 general election.
And according to the British newspaper “The Guardian” Sunday, the “Labor Party”, “the Scottish National Party”, “Social Democrats” and “The Greens” opposed the proposal, while three American activist groups threw their weight against the proposal as well.
Both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Southern Need Law Center (SPLC) told The Guardian that voter identification laws would exclude vulnerable voters.
“The real reason for passing these laws is to suppress voting, and this is actually what happens,” said Karen Short, a lawyer at the Southern Need Law Center.
Karen Short accused Prime Minister Johnson of excluding “certain communities that do not possess the required ID or the basic documents required to obtain an ID.”
According to British media, passports, driver’s licenses, age proof cards and public transport cards will all be valid forms of identity cards, according to the Electoral Commission’s framework for the voter identification system. From these types of identification.
She explained that Johnson’s plan will be piloted in several regions over the next two years, and then presented nationwide.
Source: British media