Policy paper

Prospectus on Electoral Integrity Pilots in May 2018

This paper establishes the scope of pilot schemes that the government intends to run at elections in May 2018, to test the impact of voter identification on elections in Britain.



Sir Eric Pickles published his review of electoral fraud Securing the ballot in August 2016. The review recommended that the government should consider exploring the implications of asking voters to present identification at polling stations before being able to vote.

The government published its response to Sir Eric’s review a Democracy that Works for Everyone in December 2016.

The response outlined the government’s intention to run a number of pilot schemes, in partnership with local authorities, at local government elections in May 2018. The purpose of the pilots is to assess the impact of asking voters to present identification on all aspects of elections in Great Britain.

In this publication, which invites expressions of interest from local authorities interested in participating in voter identification pilots, the government has set out:

  • the objectives of the pilot schemes
  • the research questions that the Government seeks to answer
  • the types of identification that voters could be asked to present before voting
  • a provisional timetable for pilot development and implementation

Any local authorities who are interested in participating in a May 2018 pilot scheme, or in contributing to the government’s evidence base on voter identification measures, should get in touch with the Elections Projects team via the contact details outlined in the prospectus.

The government will continue to work closely with its key partner organisations to provide a clear and secure democracy that works for everyone.

Published 20 March 2017