The Good Law Project has expressed concern over the new voting rules, which they fear may lead to the disenfranchisement of certain groups, especially young people.
T he Good Law Project say that the government-approved photo IDs for voting are unsuitable for young people, and up to 3.5 million people lack the necessary ID.
Despite the government’s Equality Impact Assessment, these changes may potentially deprive young people of their right to vote. During previous trials, one thousand people were turned away from polling stations. In response, the Good Law Project said they will monitor the effects of the upcoming local elections and work to bring a case to tackle these rule changes.
The new voting rules are particularly concerning for young people, as they traditionally have lower voter turnout rates. The Good Law Project has warned that these changes may make voting even more challenging for young people. Additionally, the LGBTQIA+ community may also be disenfranchised, with 35% stating they would be unlikely to vote due to the risk of discrimination when showing ID. Moreover, it has been revealed that 70% of young trans people lack representative ID.