Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Emergency Polls in Postal Votes Fiasco

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Emergency Polls in Postal Votes Fiasco

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Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT

EMERGENCY polling stations were being set up today as the postal vote crisis deepened.

Local authorities are making urgent arrangements to open special booths after the deadline for returning postal forms ran out. Thousands of electors involved in the postal voting experiment have still not received ballot papers - with two days left before the election.

Today it emerged many of those who have received the forms have filled them in incorrectly. Returning officers say almost five per cent of forms are not being properly signed or witnessed - meaning they have to be sent back.

It comes as a new poll suggests both Labour and the Tories face their worst election results yet.

A Populus poll indicates the two main parties may win no more than half the total votes cast - losing out to smaller parties, such as the UK Independence Party.

Opposition politicians labelled the postal voting scheme a "shambles" today - condemning government assurances that deadlines would be met as "worthless". …

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