Voters turned South American by computer glitch
THOUSANDS of voters in South Cambridgeshire were given new nationalities after a computer glitch turned them into South Americans on their electoral forms. The mistake was said to have been caused by a default setting on a new council computer which enter
THOUSANDS of voters in South Cambridgeshire were given new nationalities after a computer glitch turned them into South Americans on their electoral forms.
The mistake was said to have been caused by a default setting on a new council computer which entered Guyanese as a nationality if one had not already been given.
South Cambridgeshire District Council said about 3,000 addresses had received the incorrect electoral forms.
About 200 of those are believed to have been issued to homes in Cambourne and Papworth.
You may also want to watch:
An SCDC spokesman said: "We have recently changed the computer system in our elections department. Unfortunately the new system did not allow us to move people whose nationality was on the electoral roll with the status of unknown across to the new system with the same status of unknown."
She added: "Residents should be aware that this information is being prepared for the register published in December this year and it will not affect anyone's current entry on the electoral register.
- 1 Lack of public transport blamed for collapse of £10.5m training centre
- 2 Drug dealer who 'exploited vulnerable people' linked to 101 wraps of cocaine
- 3 Man in his 80s dies in fatal Buckden Road crash at Brampton
- 4 Off-duty detective snares £200k drug dealer
- 5 Fundraisers hit £400,000 milestone after month of charity challenges
- 6 Wanted woman accused of killing children in M1 crash could be in Huntingdon
- 7 Concerns over planned travel hub at railway station
- 8 Computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair who had links to St Ives dies aged 81
- 9 Spuds in a bucket competition at the gardening club
- 10 Police find string of ponies in middle of Cambridgeshire road
"However, this is an ideal opportunity for residents to tell us their nationality.