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The Electoral Commission: Statement on voting problems at the UK general election

It is a cause for serious concern that many people who wanted to vote were unable to do so by 10pm when polls closed.

Each Returning Officer is responsible for deciding numbers of polling stations in their constituency and the numbers of electors allocated to each polling station.

By law, polls must close at 10pm and any voter issued with a ballot paper by 10pm should be allowed time to cast it, but no ballot paper should be issued after 10pm.

There should have been sufficient resources allocated to ensure that everyone who wished to vote was able to do so.

The Electoral Commission will be undertaking a thorough review of what has happened in those constituencies where people have been unable to vote.


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