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Voting

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) whether an individual will be entitled to refuse to provide the personal identifier details in the event that the Government introduces personal identification in polling stations pursuant to the Electoral Administration Act 2006; and whether that individual would be entitled to receive a ballot paper and vote in such circumstances; (129439)

(2) whether she plans that an individual will have to provide his or her signature in a polling station before voting.

I refer the hon. Gentlemen to my previous answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 336W.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons are for the differences in the procedures in relation to personal identifiers for those that vote by post and those who vote in person at a polling station. (129481)

The Electoral Administration Act, as approved by Parliament, provides for a polling station voter to provide a signature, while a postal voter must provide both a signature and date of birth. The greater level of security applied to postal voting addresses concerns about the security of postal voting.