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Voters in York miss out

Voters in York miss out

8:14am 7th May 2010
(Updated 8:23am 10th May 2010)

Allegations that there's been a problem with the postal votes in York. Rumours are circulating that some residents claim they didn't receive there post form in time to be able to vote and therefore lost their democratic right.

Its being blamed on a printing error and the temporary closure of the local sorting office.

The council said it had seen a "very high" return rate of postal votes.It is not known how many postal votes have gone missing.

Kersten England, City of York Council's chief executive and the city's returning officer, said: "We have issued over 17,000 postal votes and have had a very high return rate. This suggests that the postal votes have reached those who applied for them."

The Electoral Commission is to investigate.

Meanwhile queues at polling stations meant voters in Sheffield missed out on their right to vote. People were at the stations from 7pm but hadn't been able to vote before the polls shut at 10pm. They weren't the only ones with problems London, Manchester and Newcastle also had similar problems.

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