A new report finds that the controversial voter ID system in England caused racial and disability discrimination during the 2023 local elections. The report, co-authored by former justice minister Sir Robert Buckland, calls for changes to the system, including the acceptance of a broader range of ID documents. The report highlights cases of discrimination, including polling clerks being more likely to fail to compare a photo ID to a person of a different ethnicity and an immunocompromised voter being denied the right to cast a ballot due to wearing a mask. The Electoral Commission had previously found that at least 14,000 people were denied a vote due to lacking the correct form of ID.
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