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Outcome of voter ID trial

The officer overseeing Gosport's borough election has thanked voters for bringing ID to polling stations.

Gosport Borough Council was one of five authorities to test the use of voter ID in yesterday's local elections, as part of a trial overseen by the government.

The overwhelming majority of voters brought the right ID to the polls. A total of 20,612 people voted, and 44 could not vote because they did not bring the necessary ID.

A total of 72 people had no ID or incorrect ID at first, but then returned with the correct documents and voted successfully.

Michael Lawther, the council's returning officer, said: "We ran a very extensive publicity campaign to tell people they needed to bring ID, and what types of ID were acceptable. 

"I would like to thank voters for their co-operation and for helping us with this exercise."

To be able to vote, residents needed to show one form of photo ID, like a passport or driving licence. Or they could show two forms of non-photo ID, like a council tax bill and a bank statement.

Turnout was 33.29%, compared to 31.98% at the last borough election in 2016.

The Electoral Commission and the Cabinet Office will evaluate the impact of asking for ID, before a decision is taken on whether or not to roll it out nationally.

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