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Elections: Proof of Identity

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 97616, tabled on 28 November 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government not holding data on ethnic groups' possession of photographic ID on BAME voters in the event that the Government introduces voter ID.

Answered on

6 December 2022

In 2021 the Cabinet Office commissioned a nationally representative survey to assess the percentage of the eligible population who hold at least one form of photo identification and this found that all ethnic minority groups combined were slightly more likely to hold any form of photo identification (99%) than those from a White ethnic background (98%). Further information on the survey and its findings can be found here.

In relation to absent votes, electors who decide to vote by post will not need to provide photographic identification. If they appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf, their proxy will need to present photographic identification at the polling station.