A POLL about national identity cards has been launched by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman on his website.
He is urging constituents to make their views known.
"The introduction of ID cards would be a big step and the Government will consider all the viewpoints before making a decision," said Mr Sheerman.
"I hope that this poll will help me to understand public opinion in Huddersfield on this issue, so that I can properly reflect the views of my constituents when it comes before Parliament."
A consultation paper on ID cards was published in July last year.
Supporters say the cards would cut identity fraud losses by an estimated £1.3bn, help combat terrorism and enhance civil liberties.
Opponents argue that the cost would be £3bn and turn Britain into a police state. Identity cards would allow the Government to pry into homes and businesses and invade the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens, it has been claimed.
It is the first time Mr Sheerman has used an online poll. He said if there was enough interest he would use them regularly to find out the views of residents of Huddersfield on a range of issues.
"New technology provides an opportunity for Parliamentarians to stay in close contact with the people that elected them," he said. "This enhances the democratic process and enables us to better represent our constituents."
To vote in the online poll go to: www.barrysheerman.labour.co.uk and follow the links.