Michael Gove to change rules so war heroes can use veterans ID card to vote


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Michael Gove is set to change the rules so war heroes can use their veterans ID cards to vote in elections.

The Levelling Up Secretary is having second thoughts after MPs reacted with fury at the cards being left off the list of essential photo ID.

The Elections Bill now going through Parliament means that polling station staff will need proof of identity before handing over a ballot paper.

These include driving licence, passport, Armed Forces ID, concessionary travel cards and disability Blue Badge parking permits.

But the veterans card which entitles former servicemen and women to free rail and discounted air travel was not included.

Anyone without approved documents will have to apply for a free Voter Card from their local authority.

One MP said: “The whole thing has been a mess. Veterans cards should be legitimate identification.”

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Now a spokesman for Mr Gove says: “We will consider the use of the Veterans Card as a form of photo ID once the rollout is complete.”

Voter ID is being introduced to stamp out electoral fraud. It has been used in Northern Ireland since 2003.

But critics claim it is unnecessary because in 2019 there were only 33 allegations of polling impersonation out of more than 58 million votes cast.

The Electoral Reform Society says it will add £20million to the cost of elections adding: “We’ll all pay for making it slower to vote as poll workers try to match passports with ten-year-old photos.”

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