Huntingdonshire postal polling card error ‘will not affect voting’

PUBLISHED: 08:44 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:44 29 April 2014

An error has been made on postal polling cards

An error has been made on postal polling cards

Archant

A typing error on postal polling cards sent to hundreds of Huntingdonshire households will not affect people’s voting, says the district council.

Apparently conflicting statements regarding postal votes were included on the paperwork delivered ahead of next month’s district and European elections on May 22.

While one said “you will not receive a postal vote” another said “you will not be able to vote in a polling station”, apparently excluding the recipient from voting at all.

Concerned resident Stephen Martin, of Ramsey, raised the issue with Huntingdonshire District Council and was told a mistake had been made but that it would not be corrected.

“I stated that should the result of the election be contentious it could be argued that the local authority had mismanaged the election by misleading the electorate,” he said. “I don’t expect a local authority to make such a horrible howler.”

An HDC spokesman admitted an error had been made on some of the postal poll cards. She added: “The cards simply notify the recipient of the forthcoming elections – they do not in any way prevent people from voting – as the actual postal vote ballot papers are sent separately around May 8.”

More news stories

Yesterday, 11:43

Police in St Neots are appealing for the public’s help to trace this woman.

Yesterday, 10:45

Footfall in Huntingdon is at its highest level since recording started in 2013, according to data released by BID Huntingdon.

Yesterday, 10:18

Criminal cases could be transferred to Huntingdon Law Courts if a proposal to close Cambridge Magistrates’ Court gets the go-ahead.

Yesterday, 07:48

A 49-year-old man who raped a young girl he should have been looking after has been jailed.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter