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UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

It's appalling that photo ID as a requirement to cast a vote is even being considered, it's so utterly transparent why they're doing this and it's frankly disgusting.
There's a petition against it here, for what it's worth:
petition.parliament.uk/petitio

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@Shrigglepuss That is interesting. Here in Germany, I've voted about ten times, and I never had to register and always present my ID (which has a photo), and the voting volunteer person would cross me off a list. I always thought that's a very slim process…
(I always receive my "you are to vote then and then there and there" letter around 4..6 weeks in advance, too)

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@krono @Shrigglepuss

there are practical difficulties here - if you get a full driving licence later in life, its very easy to end up with photo validity on your driving licence and your passport out of sync - my driving licence (which reused the photo from 2010 on my most recent provisional) is valid until 2029 now but my passport needs renewal next year, so I could have *two* official ID photos from different stages in life - a source of confusion!

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@vfrmedia @Shrigglepuss If I'm thinking about it: I got 4 photo-ids. My "Ausweis" (ie, THE ID), wiht a photo from about 2010, My Drivers license, with a photo from (oooh) 2003 (no expiry, yay) and my Health insurance and Students ID with a photo from about 2013…

Given that the dl does not expire, the ID slower and I'll somewhen wont have a student's ID, I'll end up with: Health insurance ID most current, ID somewhat dated, DL from my late teens

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@krono @vfrmedia I have an expired (so useless) passport and a drivers licence and that's it. I don't intend to renew the passport until I need one because of all the paperwork and it's expensive, and if I didn't drive I'd be a bit fucked really.
Considering both driving licences and passports pertain to access to travel and (implied social) mobility it's even more worrying

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@Shrigglepuss @krono

Driving examiners are taught to check photos quite closely but allow for age differences, cosmetic appearance changes (the procedure is published under FOI and listed on the govt website); but they have to have very good eyesight and a fairly high level of education (including regular work related training)

Will the same even apply to the (volunteer?) staff at polling stations (especially with austerity?)

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@vfrmedia @krono that's a very good point, I know the volunteers at my polling station will likely be struggling with this

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@Shrigglepuss @krono

indeed, another important difference between UK and DE is AFAIK *everyone* needs the Ausweis, although it costs about 30€ there appear to be concessions for lower income people.

Lots of young British people do not drive until well into their mid 20s or older, nor do they travel overseas (and there may be even less incentive to get a passport post Brexit as European holidays become less popular, and its around £75 / 87€

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@vfrmedia @Shrigglepuss Yeah, you are required to be in possession of an Ausweist (but most people do not realize they're not required to have it on them all the time; THAT was the case in former GDR)

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@vfrmedia @krono some people simply don't want a passport or drivers licence either, likely for political reasons, so removing their political voice and their rights to vote in a "democracy" is a very obvious issue.
"Don't have a car or want to travel long distances for emissions concerns? No vote for you" is extremely :yikes:

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@Shrigglepuss I'm afraid their reasoning appears opaque to me. Why *are* they doing this?

UK Politics / ID checks at polling stations 

@Shrigglepuss I'm reminded of the fact that, when I tried to rent a place with my partner, I was rejected pretty much immediately because I didn't have any photo ID, which both mentally fucked me up quite badly, and is also the sole reason why I have a passport right now.

The whole situation made me feel like I basically didn't exist. And now they're trying to erase people like 2012!me by doing this...

Fuck. That. Shit.

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@Shrigglepuss wow UK conservatives only just now getting around to voter ID laws? sometimes i forget how far advanced USA’s bullshit is.

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