Boris Johnson Turned Away from Polling Station Over Missing Photo ID

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was turned away from a polling station for not having acceptable photo ID. He later returned with the correct ID and cast his vote in the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner election.

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Boris JohnsonTurned Awayfrom Polling Station Over Missing Photo ID

Boris Johnson Turned Away from Polling Station Over Missing Photo ID

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was turned away from a polling station in South Oxfordshire on Thursday after forgetting to bring acceptable photo ID to vote in the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner election. Johnson, who introduced the voter ID rules while in office, only had an envelope with his name and address on it, which was not accepted by polling station staff.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the potential consequences of implementing voter ID laws, which can lead to eligible voters being turned away from the polls. This incident highlights the potential consequences of implementing voter ID laws, which can lead to eligible voters being turned away from the polls. It also emphasizes the importance of ensuring that such laws are implemented in a way that does not disproportionately affect certain groups of citizens.

The incident highlights the importance of carrying photo ID to vote, a new requirement in England and Wales under the Elections Act passed in 2022 during Johnson's tenure. Acceptable forms of voter ID in England include passports, driving licenses, blue badges, and certain local travel cards. Veterans' ID cards will also be officially added to the list of acceptable ID after reports of some trouble with using them at polling stations.

According to a source, Johnson later returned to the polling station with the correct ID and was able to cast his vote. His spokesman confirmed that he voted Conservative but did not deny the incident. "If you still haven't voted, we've assembled the full list of acceptable ID here; it's also in the key points at the top of the blog," a spokesperson for the prime minister stated.

The Electoral Commission found that 0.25% of people, approximately 14,000 individuals, who went to a polling station in last year's local elections were unable to vote as a result of the new ID requirements. This incident is not the first time Johnson has broken his own rules, having been fined by police in 2022 for attending a surprise lockdown birthday party in Downing Street.

Millions of people across England and Wales are voting in local elections today, including 11 mayoral elections, elections to the London Assembly, and police and crime commissioner elections. Polls close at 10 pm, with results expected to be declared throughout the night and into Friday morning. A further 48 councils will declare results on Friday, along with four mayors and 24 police and crime commissioners. The Blackpool South by-election is expected to be declared between 2 am and 5 am on Friday.

Johnson has mostly kept out of frontline politics since being ousted by his own MPs in 2022 but was recently seen supporting Tory mayors in their election campaigns. He purchased a Grade II listed Oxfordshire manor house for £3.8 million last year for his wife Carrie and their young family. In Scotland, John Swinney is set to become the next SNP leader and first minister.

Police arrested 45 people after protesters blocked a coach taking asylum seekers from a south London hotel to the controversial Bibby Stockholm barge in Dorset. The Metropolitan Police said they were not aware the demonstration was planned and had to send additional officers to the scene. Home Secretary James Cleverly and Policing Minister Chris Philp condemned the protest, with Philp stating that "using violence and threats will not be tolerated."

Key Takeaways

  • Former UK PM Boris Johnson was turned away from a polling station for not having acceptable photo ID.
  • Johnson introduced voter ID rules while in office, but forgot to bring his own ID.
  • He later returned with correct ID and cast his vote for the Conservative party.
  • 0.25% of voters (14,000) were unable to vote in last year's local elections due to new ID requirements.
  • Millions of people are voting in local elections across England and Wales, with results expected Friday.