VOTERS in towns and cities with a high Muslim population must show their passports or driving licenses in order to cast their ballots amid fears of election fraud, the Government has announced.The scheme will be trailed in 18 areas identified as vulnerable with identification having to be produced by voters following fears of “endemic corruption”. Some areas susceptible to rigging including Bradford and Birmingham and the pilots will take place during local elections in May 2018 before being used nationwide.The plan comes after Sir Eric Pickles warned this year of electoral fraud being allowed to happen in Muslim communities due to “political correctness”. He told the Telegraph: “We should never be frightened to look under the rock when what is crawling underneath threatens us all. It is time to take action to take on the electoral crooks and defend Britain’s free and fair elections.” He added that he believes “electoral malpractice is far more common than just one isolated London borough thanks to the state’s collective state of denial”.The scheme will be trialled in Blackburn, Darwen, Bradford, Bristol, Burnley, Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Luton, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall, and Woking. Minister for Constitution, Chris Skidmore, added: “We already ask that people prove who they are in order to rent a car, buy a mortgage or travel abroad - and I believe we should go further by taking the same approach to protect voting rights."In many other transactions ID is an essential requirement - voting for a democratically elected government, your MP or your councillor is one of the most important transactions someone can make and it is right that in turn their identity and the security of their vote should be protected." The electoral commission warned there is a high concern and “vulnerability of some South Asian communities, specifically those with roots in parts of Pakistan or Bangladesh, to electoral fraud".The trial will also ban political campaigners from pumping through high numbers of completed postal ballots on the day of an election.Politicians are also considering hiking the maximum sentence for electoral fraud from two years to 10 as a “deterrent”.