First be aware that Northern Ireland has been requiring voter ID since 1985. But this article doesn't dwell on that. Instead, conservatives justify this requirement in five "local authorities" in London. This contingent is worried about voter impersonation at the polls, which they say is increasing. Sounds familiar? This "trial" election, for local-level positions, will occur next May.
Liberal contingents oppose the measure:
“Introducing restrictive ID requirements risks making it harder for people to vote, reducing turnout and excluding some parts of the electorate, all while doing little to stop determined fraudsters,” she said.
“It is disappointing that rather than combating the real challenge of the millions missing out on their chance to vote, the Tories are creating further barriers to democratic engagement that will disproportionately target those on lower incomes.”