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Reform the laws which meant that some people couldn’t vote on 6 May

Comment 2nd July 2010

At the general election on 6 May, some people were not able to vote, even though they wanted to, because of delays in polling stations. The current law (resulting from court judgments) says that only those who have been issued with a ballot paper before 10pm can vote; so those who are standing in a queue waiting to be given a ballot paper have to be turned away.

This law should be reformed. Every one who has turned up at a polling station wanting to vote should be allowed to vote, even if that means extending the voting period to accommodate them.

Why does this matter?

Voting is the fundamental basis of our democracy. Nothing should prevent those who want to express their views by voting from doing so.

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