QUEEN’S SPEECH: UK Is Taking Action To Secure Voter Integrity — Will Americans?

Written by Wes Walker on May 11, 2021

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The idea of making it ‘easy to vote, but hard to cheat’ seems to be catching on.

Unlike Americans, Europeans have long ago discovered how vulnerable mail-in voting is to incidents of fraud, and have addressed that loophole in their system. Many of us (ClashDaily among them) raised red flags about the same issue here, to no avail.

In the European Union, 63% have put a ban on mailing in ballots except for citizens living overseas. Another 22% have imposed a ban even for those overseas. And most of those that allow mail-in ballots require some form of photo ID to get one, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center shared with Secrets.

“These countries have learned the hard way about what happens when mail-in ballots aren’t secured. They have also discovered how hard it is to detect vote buying when both those buying and selling the votes have an incentive to hide the exchange,” said author John R. Lott, the center’s president. —AmericanThinker, August 2020

That doesn’t mean their system has no room for improvement, obviously.

With all the attention the elections have gotten in America, the question of voter ID has been raised as a potential vulnerability that might be exploited the process. The easiest way to address that is the ‘easy to vote, hard to cheat’ method.

Let the voter demonstrate he or she is eligible to vote in a particular location, and then let that citizen go ahead and do his civic duty. How do you accomplish that?

Easy peasy. Identification.

Britons will have to show photo ID to vote in future general elections, ministers are poised to confirm this week, as a means of tackling fraud which critics claim could deter poorer and ethnic minority voters from taking part in democracy.

The proposal is to be included in Tuesday’s Queen’s speech, which will set out the government’s post-pandemic priorities and the laws it intends to pass in the forthcoming parliamentary session.

…A requirement that all voters carry photo ID could impede people who wish to turn up at polling stations without planning ahead, given about a quarter of voters – often younger voters – do not have either a passport or driving licence, critics say.–Guardian

Show that you are who you say you are, and live in within the boundaries of the voting district.

The usual suspects, as you might expect, are apoplectic over this proposal.

If you’re wondering, the Queen’s Speech is an artifact of the British Parliamentary system (echoed in Commonwealth Countries).

Their elected head of state, the Prime Minister (i.e. Boris) writes out the official policy plans for the next year. It is written in a speech which is given to the Queen, who reads it aloud to Parliament. The content of that speech is put to a vote. If that vote fails, it is a vote of non-confidence in the government and can trigger an election, if it passes, it becomes the agenda for the coming year. If you want more detail, here’s a 97-second summary.

Suddenly, the title of ‘The King’s Speech’ might make a lot more sense to a few of our readers less tuned in to what happens with the Monarchy that was chased out of here in 1776 — and again in 1812.

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