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Walsall Council has backed out of a pilot scheme to introduce ID measures at elections - amid concerns over how staff would handle women wearing Muslim veils.

Conservative leader Mike Bird said the idea was 'more trouble than its worth' and may lead to 'confrontation' at polling stations.

The Government is looking at running the pilot schemes at local elections next year after recommendations by ex-Local Government Secretary Sir Eric Pickles.

It would see participating councils request ID from voters at polling stations to crackdown on electoral fraud.


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