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Ex-prime minister Boris Johnson left the polling place because he did not have identification

May 6, 2024 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

During the recent elections, former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson encountered an awkward moment when he was initially denied access to a polling station in South Oxfordshire for failing to provide the required identification.

Johnson, attempting to participate in the police and crime commissioner election, was unable to vote due to the newly implemented photo ID requirement under the Elections Act 2022, a measure he had advocated for during his tenure.

The introduction of these voting regulations, mandating acceptable photo ID, has stirred controversy and drawn criticism from various advocacy groups and the Electoral Commission, the official election watchdog in the UK.

The Electoral Commission expressed concerns that the ID mandate could disproportionately affect marginalized groups, including ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those with lower socioeconomic status, who may lack the specified forms of ID and are less likely to support Johnson’s Conservative Party.

Despite the initial hiccup, Johnson returned to the polling station with the required ID and successfully cast his vote, as confirmed by a spokesperson.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a political ally of Johnson and fellow Brexit advocate, acknowledged that the ID regulations, intended to benefit the Conservative Party, inadvertently hindered its own supporters, particularly the elderly demographic that traditionally supports the party.

While the controversial voter ID requirements are set to remain in place for future elections, including the anticipated general election later this year, concerns persist regarding the potential disenfranchisement of certain segments of the population.

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