OPINION: Voter Identity Checks Must Go Ahead To Save Our Democracy
Voter ID at the ballot box can only be a good thing, unfortunately. I say unfortunately because although we have enjoyed democracy and freedom of speech for a long time in our country, we now find ourselves in the sad position where our easy-going tolerance and assumption that we all believe in the inherent values seriously under threat. Postal voting fraud has been around for a long time. I saw clear and shocking evidence of It during the Brexit referendum when some f us were given permission to watch a batch of postal vote signatures, date of births etc being checked on the screen against the correct information for specific voters. I was shocked at how blatant some of the fraud was – some of the signatures bore no resemblance whatsoever to the real one, and the dates of birth were way out! Not only blatant but also the complacent fraud – assuming that no checks would be made so they could just write anything! How on earth did we get here?
It seems we are the highest in Europe for voter fraud. Not something to be proud of. We have all read the stories of what went on in Tower Hamlets. Not only the fraud but the bullying that accompanied it. It seems that however that was dealt with hasn’t acted as a deterrent to voter fraud is on the increase and a lot more common than we think.
Showing photo ID at the polling booths is a good thing in light of all this. But it is a shame. And yet another sign of how our once open and tolerant society is deteriorating. I remember when I first started to vote how pleasantly surprised I was that I not only did not need an ID but didn’t even need to show my polling card! How trusting and lovely. But recently I have been worried about it, as I am sure many of us have, after reading so many stories about voter fraud, not just with postal votes which have gone on for a long time, (and frankly we have been very naïve with) but also with those who turn up to actually vote at the polling booth.
Voting fraud is now widespread across the UK we read. So the requirement to show ID at the booths is, I’m afraid, very necessary and well overdue. For anyone to say that this would discourage ethnic minorities from voting makes me speechless and I say: Why? How so? And IF that is the case, then that is a different issue entirely and something that can be dealt with separately and differently. But we MUST be free to establish the correct ID of those wishing to vote. Making sure that only those entitled to do so and that we all only get one vote, that no one has been bullied or cajoled into giving their vote to someone else to use, is of paramount importance in any free and democratic society such as ours. I would like to believe that those worrying about ethnic minorities being put off from voting are genuine, but I feel also the Left will be using this to throw the racist card, to virtue signal and to undermine any decisions made by the government. I think it also rather a demeaning thing to say about ethnic minorities that had to produce ID would make them stay at home. Surely the only people who may struggle will be those who do not have passports or driving licences because they don’t need them, so our energies should be spent trying to help them still be able to vote.
Once again the Left is playing the race card to undermine democracy. We didn’t ask to be in this position where a once overwhelmingly law-abiding country that only required a relatively small police force now finds itself at the top of the league in Voting Fraud of all things? To what levels will be dragged down to next?
We must question the motives of those who oppose showing ID at the ballot box. We must not be bullied by the usual political correctness crowd. If we have to police democracy and free speech then so be it. The alternative is unthinkable. This issue must be dealt with and bravo to us for doing so. Now – how shall we deal with POSTAL voting fraud?!