Boris Johnson banned from voting under his own voter ID rules – POLITICO

Johnson introduced the Electoral Act in 2022 when he was prime minister. Under the law, voters must bring photo identification to cast their ballot.

The rules were criticized by advocacy groups and the UK Electoral Commission, the country’s official election watchdog, which said they could prevent hundreds of thousands of people from voting in future general elections.

Furthermore, such people are more likely to be poorer, from minority ethnic backgrounds and disabled, the watchdog said. They are also less likely to vote for Johnson’s Conservative Party.

The rules are likely to remain in place for the next UK general election, expected to be held later this year. The Electoral Commission says the law’s disenfranchising effect will likely be greatest in a general election.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Johnson’s fellow Brexiteer, who was also part of the government that introduced the restriction, admitted in 2023 that the rules had been an attempt to “rig” future elections for the Conservatives, but had backfired because the Older people, who are more likely to vote Conservative, were also less likely to be aware of the changes.

“We found that the people who didn’t have ID were older people and generally voted Conservative,” he said. “So we made it difficult for our own voters and disrupted a system that was working perfectly well.”

While Johnson may be pushing the retirement age, he can’t exactly say he’s ignoring the changes.