Confidence assessment: findings and recommendations


In May 2019, 10 pilot schemes trialled ways of implementing identification of voters at polling stations. 

This is an assessment of the confidence in each type of identification.

There are some technical recommendations to improve the strength, integrity and usability of this voter ID model, which would benefit the security of the process for operation at a larger scale.


Richard Dykes was asked by the Electoral Commission to undertake an independent assessment of the security provided by each of the different types of identification used at the May 2019 pilot schemes to feed into its evaluation. The Commission was interested in:

  • The level of security provided by each ID document for each model
  • The extent the issuing process can provide identity assurance
  • The extent the checking process can provide identity assurance
  • Recommendations on the issuing and checking processes to improve assurance


Framework for assuring voter identification

Before the voter ID methods trialled in the pilots can be assessed, this framework establishes, contextualises and justifies the relevant factors and criteria that will be considered in this assessment.

Note that processes related to anonymous, postal and proxy voting have been excluded from the scope of this assessment, as have factors regarding eligibility to vote, by reference to nationality, address catchment or multiple residential addresses.

Framework for assuring voter identification

Assessment of voter identification pilots

Overall Findings and Recommendations


Last updated: 15 October 2019
Next review: 22 July 2020