Barnet Council Turns Voters Away in Polling List Printing Cock-Up

By Gary Cutlack on at

Polling lists across the London borough of Barnet somehow ended up leaving off quite a few names today, with potential voters in the city's mayoral bunfight being turned away as their names literally weren't on the list.

A Barnet council spokesperson said: "We are working to resolve this issue and the updated registers have been sent to all the polling stations, which we expect to be in place by 10am. In the meantime, people who have their polling cards with them are able to vote."

"We are advising residents to bring their polling cards," they added, saying: "If people were unable to vote this morning they are being advised to return if possible later before the stations close at 10pm. We apologise for the problems."

That, obviously, hasn't pleased candidates seeing their people turned away, with potential but quite unlikely mayor Sophie Walker telling the PA: "I am very disappointed. I have spent my morning responding to messages from people upset that they could not vote. Women first got the vote 100 years ago and there are women today who have been unable to vote." [PA]

Image credit: Polling station from Shutterstock


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