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Elections: Voters complain of problems at Hackney polling stations

PUBLISHED: 09:46 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:46 05 May 2016

A polling station sign outside the Assembly Halls of Hackney Town Hall on the day of the General Election. Picture: PA

A polling station sign outside the Assembly Halls of Hackney Town Hall on the day of the General Election. Picture: PA

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Voters in Hackney have complained of problems at polling stations, with one man claiming he was turned away from the ballot box.

Dan Webster posted on Twitter: “Despite registering to vote& receiving polling card, I’ve been left off Hackney voting register and told I am unable to vote @HackneyAbbott”.

The situation is reminiscent of last year’s General Election, when 1,300 registered people were almost robbed of their vote.

Another voter said “confused staff” at Stoke Newington Town Hall when the polling booths opened at 7am resulted in no one being given ballot papers.

Martin Wright took to Twitter to vent his frustration, posting: “Just tried to vote at #stokenewingtontownhall. Long Q. Confused staff. Muddle over who on lists. No-one given ballot papers. #Elections2016”.

A council spokeswoman said: “We had a very busy start to the day at Stoke Newington Town Hall. As soon as we were made aware of this, we sent extra poll staff to help.”

The council has replaced the “substandard” elections team who oversaw last year’s General Election, when officers were forced to send out emergency lists to polling stations with the names of people who were not on the electoral register but who had signed up to vote in good time.

The problems were put down to staff failing to get to grips with the new Individual Electoral Registration system.

Following a damning report by the Electoral Commission. the new team was brought in to oversee the “significant challenges” posed by having two polling days so close together this year, with the EU Referndum on June 23.

Find your nearest polling station at here.

Are you having problems voting in Hackney? Contact Sam on 020 8477 3969 or email sam.gelder@archant.co.uk.

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