Nia Griffith MP has reassured her electorate that voting is safe and secure in Britain.
It follows what the MP called ‘scaremongering’ and publication of ‘baseless stories’ by the Tories.
Nia Griffith said: “Ministers should be promoting confidence in our elections instead of spreading baseless scare stories. Millions of people lack photo ID in this country including many here in Llanelli – in particular the elderly, low income and Black, Asian and ethnic minority voters.
“7.5% of the electorate – don’t have access to any photo ID at all, so will be excluded from voting if the Tories go through with this. Driving licenses and passports cost money – something that many people don’t have. In addition, young voters are far less likely to carry a form of photo ID, threatening to silence their voices in our democracy.”
The MP, who will be voting against the proposals later today in the House of Commons, added: “It doesn’t matter how the government dresses it up, these plans make it harder for working class, young and ethnic minority people to vote. It’s simply undemocratic and wrong and that the Government are attempting to supress voters. Voter fraud is a vanishingly rare offence in the UK. In 2019, out of 59 million votes cast in elections, there was just one conviction for voter impersonation – the type of fraud that Voter ID is support to tackle. You are more likely to get struck by lightning twice than commit voter fraud. These plans are also shockingly expensive, forecast to cost at least £17 million per general election – money that can be spent far better elsewhere.”