Is anybody as cross about this as I am?
For those not in the know, today was polling day for the UK General Election. The organisation of the voting has been absolutely shambolic. The polling stations were set to close at 10p.m. Since then, we have had the following reports:
- At a number of polling stations, a sufficient number of polling booths had not been made available to cater for the number of voters in the constituency, resulting in long queues of people who, when the doors were shut at 10 o' clock, were denied their legal right to vote.
- At other polling stations, an insufficient number of ballots was held, so that voters turned up and were unable to vote.
- In one constituency (so far), the electoral list had not been updated to reflect people who had moved to the area. They had registered to vote, been sent their polling cards directing them where to go to cast their vote, only to arrive at the polling station and be turned away because they did not appear on the list.
There are a number of problems that arise from this. One is that results in certain constituencies may possibly be open to legal challenge because some people were not allowed to vote or because some people were allowed to vote after the publication of the exit poll results.
I have been watching the BBC coverage of the election and as those turned away have been interviewed, I have found myself sharing their indignation. It is absolutely disgusting that, in a democracy, people could be denied the right to vote for no good reason. I just don't understand and I really am quite cross.
I look forward to seeing how this works out in days to come.