Lib Dem Councillors at the LGA are concerned about a "real danger" to residents' confidence around voting if councils are not given enough time to implement the Elections Act 2022.
During a meeting of the Local Government Association’s executive advisory board, discussion focused on the resource and time needed to ensure the introduction of mandatory voter identification does not impact on the veracity of future elections.
The Elections Act 2022 includes the introduction of mandatory voter ID and is due to be implemented next year.
Those who do not have eligible ID will be able to apply to their local authority, which will provide them with ID they are able to use in order to vote. Joe Harris, the leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group said there is a “real danger to the confidence that people can have in their elections".
"Because I don't think the sector is ready," Cllr Harris said.
Cllr Harris said councils’ electoral departments are “nowhere near the point where officers are going to be able to roll out [the Elections Act 2022] without some real resource or delay to that legislation”.