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Boris Johnson left the polling station after forgetting his ID

  • By Becky Morton
  • political reporter

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Former Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson was turned away from his local polling station after forgetting to bring acceptable photo ID.

As Sky News first reported, he later returned with the necessary identification and was able to vote.

He cast his vote in south Oxfordshire, where voters elect a police and crime commissioner.

The Johnson government introduced new rules requiring photo ID to vote in the Electoral Act 2022.

The change was implemented last year, and the May 2023 local elections were the first in which voters had to show identification.

According to the Electoral Commission, around 14,000 people were unable to vote in last year’s local elections in England due to new rules.

The government has also said it intends to make veterans’ ID cards a valid form of voter identification after some former service personnel were turned away at polling stations.

Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer apologized on social media to a man who said he couldn’t use his veteran ID card to vote.

“Legislation on acceptable forms of identification came out before veteran ID cards started coming out in January of this year,” he wrote.

“I’ll do everything I can to change it before the next one.”

A spokeswoman for No 10 said: “It is our intention that the new Veterans Card, which was launched in January, will be added to the official list.”

The government is consulting on adding the card to the list of acceptable voter IDs, which already includes armed forces ID cards.

Meanwhile, Conservative MP Tom Hunt said his dyspraxia caused him to lose his passport and he had to organize an emergency proxy vote.

When asked about reported problems with voter ID, Transportation Secretary Mark Harper said, “it’s likely that when you have millions of people voting, there are a small number of problems.”

However, he said he thought “most voters found it perfectly easy to vote with the required ID across the country.”

Asked about Johnson’s rejection, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris, who served as his chief whip, told BBC Radio: “As someone who knows Boris well, I can’t say I’m surprised. at all… I know. He then just went home, got an ID, went back to the polling station and voted Conservative.”

The Electoral Commission said that “the majority of voters who wanted to vote were able to do so,” despite voter identification requirements.

“We will now begin collecting evidence from voters, election administrators, partner organizations and activists to understand their experiences in the election and identify any potential barriers to participation,” a spokesperson said.