The Elections Act (2022) has come into force and brings with it unprecedented changes to our voting rights. Here at STAG we’re therefore supporting the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Shout Out UK (SOUK) who are running phase two of the impartial Voter ID public awareness campaign. The campaign is run in coordination and collaboration with the Electoral Commission, all London borough electoral services and a broad voluntary and community sector coalition to address the equalities impact of the Elections Act, especially the introduction of photo Voter IDs.
The changes in the Election Act are unprecedented in their impact on civic and democratic rights. So, we need every support to continue to reach under-registered and under-represented Londoners who might lose their vote and their voice. STAG is particularly concerned that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities who are already so marginalised, will lose further rights as it is becoming so much more difficult for them to vote.
GLA polling shows that almost 1 in 3 Londoners (32%) are still unaware of the forthcoming photo ID requirement in order to vote (GLA/YouGov poll, March 2023) and 11% do not hold a form of approved photo voter ID specified in the Elections Act (GLA/ YouGov poll, July – August 2022).
Here is how you can make a difference and support the #NoVoteNoVoice campaign:
Make sure you are registered to vote and have an accepted photo Voter ID
Use the resources from the GLA Democracy Hub to spread the word about these changes to being able to vote.
Your vote is your voice, so get heard – visit the GLA Democracy hub for more information and action.