In the recent Queen’s Speech, the Government formally announced their plans to introduce mandatory Voter ID at the next election.
This policy requires voters to present photo ID to vote at polling stations in future elections.
Mr Evans raised concerns about the cost of ID for voters, stating that this could price out many from democratic elections.
Since this policy was first announced in December 2016, the Government has heard warnings from charities, civil society figures and campaign groups that mandatory voter ID – if rolled out nationally – could pull up the drawbridge for millions of voters.
Chris Evans MP for Islwyn, responding to the Government’s announcement of introducing Voter ID at elections, said:
“Voter ID is a total waste of taxpayers’ money. The policy is set to cost millions of pounds at every election.
“Voting is safe and secure in Britain. Ministers should be promoting confidence in our elections instead of spreading baseless scare stories which threaten our democracy.
“Millions of people lack photo ID in this country – ID can be expensive and should not be a barrier to voting. The Conservatives are reversing decades of democratic progress and urgently need to rethink this pointless policy.”