In the recent Queen's Speech, the Government formally announced their plans to introduce mandatory Voter ID at the next election. This policy requires voters to present photo ID to vote at polling stations in future elections.

Labour have called on the Government to urgently rethink the policy, raising concerns that the policy will reverse decades of democratic progress and threaten to bar millions of people from exercising their democratic right to vote.

Due to changes in the electoral registration system, around one million people will lose their democratic right to vote. Leaving them without a voice on how their country is governed. The conversion to the Individual Electoral Registration system takes place on 1st December, which means that those not registered by then will be unable to vote in the upcoming London mayoral elections and the EU referendum which is on the horizon.

Following the recent local elections in Barking and Dagenham Jon Cruddas MP had this to say:

In celebration of the anniversary of the Great Reform Act and the introduction of voter registration, Bite the Ballot is co-ordinating a national day of events on 5th February run by schools, businesses and community groups with the aim of ensuring that as many people as possible register to vote on National Voter Registration Day.