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LGBT Foundation Responds to Government's Planned Voter ID Reform

Published: 14 October 2019 Tags: By Joe Nellist

"We are incredibly concerned by the proposals to require every voter to present official ID before being able to vote, and would strongly urge the government to reconsider.

Decades of international studies show that restrictive identification requirements are particularly disadvantageous to certain voter groups who are less likely to possess approved ID for a variety of socio-economic and accessibility reasons. This is particularly true of LGBT communities.

The progress achieved for LGBT communities over the past few decades would not have happened without having our voices heard, including at the ballot box. These reforms will render thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people disenfranchised, and represent a major step backwards for the progress of our communities."

- Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation

Click here to read an analysis piece in the Metro from Sophie Meagher, Policy Officer at LGBT Foundation