Elections Bill — Third Reading — Voter ID — Overseas Voters — Postal Vote Misuse — 17 Jan 2022 at 21:57
The majority of MPs voted to require the production of identification to vote at a polling station in Parliamentary elections, to seek to prevent the corrupt use of postal votes and to allow British Citizens living overseas to vote, even if they have been out of the country for more than fifteen years.
The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That the Bill be now read a Second time.
- * introduce a requirement for identification to vote at polling station in Parliamentary elections. Acceptable identification includes certain passports, driving licences, travel cards, blue badges (as used by disabled people in relation to parking), and electoral identity documents.
- * require electoral registration officers to provide a photographic "electoral identity document" or "anonymous elector’s document" as appropriate, free of charge, on request.
- * generally make it an offence for a political campaigner to handle someone else's postal vote.
- * to create offences connected with the communication of the official mark, or number, from the back of a ballot paper.
- * remove the limit of 15 years after leaving the UK on "the exercise of voting rights currently placed on British electors living overseas".
- * restrict third-party spending on election campaigns to UK based entities and eligible Overseas Electors.
- * introduce a new disqualification order which a court must impose, "if a person is convicted of an intimidatory criminal offence motivated by hostility towards a candidate, future candidate, campaigner, substitute or nominee (in Northern Ireland), or holder of a relevant elective office. The effect of a disqualification order is that the person will be disqualified from standing for, being elected to, and holding any relevant elective office for five years."
- * require "digital campaigning material to display a digital imprint, with the name and address of the promoter of the material or any person on behalf of whom the material is being published"
-  Parliament's webpage on the Elections Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Elections Bill, as introduced, 5 July 2021, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Elections Bill, as introduced, 5 July 2021, Parliament.uk
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||319 (+2 tell)||0||0||88.7%|
|Lab||0||172 (+2 tell)||0||87.9%|