Compulsory Photo ID Requirements Implemented for Voters During Local Elections in England
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Compulsory Photo ID Requirements Implemented for Voters During Local Elections in England

The local elections in England on Thursday will require all voters to present a form of photo identification before casting their votes. Accepted forms include passports, driving licenses, and blue badges, while biometric residence permits, defence identity cards, and national identity cards from EU member states, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein will also be accepted. The move has received criticism as it is feared it may deter young and ethnic minority voters, with Labour, Green Party, and Liberal Democrats opposing the policy. Conservatives, on the other hand, argue that the policy is necessary to combat electoral fraud. The new rule does not apply to Northern Ireland, where photo identification has been a requirement for voters for some time.

Maxwell Thompson is a seasoned political correspondent who has covered elections, policies, and international relations for over a decade. With a degree in political science and a natural curiosity for global politics, Maxwell brings a unique perspective to his writing. In his downtime, he enjoys reading historical biographies and analyzing political trends.

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