Compulsory Voter Identification, Disenfranchisement and Human Rights: Electoral Reform in Great Britain

Ben Stanford

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This article examines the human rights implications of the British Government’s proposals to reform the electoral process in Great Britain, with a particular focus upon the Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory identification requirements in UK elections. Moreover, this article addresses the issue of voter identification laws in light of the recent announcement that voters in a pilot study will be required to produce some form of identification before voting in the May 2018 English local elections. Bearing in mind the experiences of compulsory voter identification laws in other countries, most notably the United States of America, and the requirements of Article 3 of the First Protocol to the ECHR, this article argues that the British Government must not impose requirements that may risk disenfranchising a large proportion of the electorate.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean human rights law review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2018

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