Thousands wrongly sent polling cards


Recording cards were wrongly sent to at least 3,462 EU citizens who are not brooked to vote in the EU referendum, the Electoral Commission has announced.

A software “issue” meant surveying cards and some postal votes were sent out to some “non proper” voters.

They are still awaiting responses from six councils so the bevy could rise.

Leave cam igners Iain Duncan Smith and Bernard Jenkin entertain expressed “serious concerns” about the “conduct of the EU referendum and its franchise”.

They cause written to the prime minister complaining of “many and varied” examples of EU nationals being sent sampling cards.

On Friday, the Electoral Commission confirmed the numbers affected so far, and reported the software provider had since “resolved the issue”.

Any postal votes wrongly promulgated would be cancelled and none of those affected would appear as an appropriate voter on the electoral registers used at polling stations, it said.

EU rate yers from non-UK countries are not entitled to vote, unless they are rate yers of the Irish Republic, Cyprus or Malta.

But Mr Duncan Smith has said a Nottingham Diocese Council officer had emailed a Vote Leave supporter to say the council was not able to check whether people put their correct nationality on an application, and had to fake the information submitted was correct.

Kingston-upon-Thames council in south-west London revealed a Polish citizen in the area – whose case had been highlighted by the Guido Fawkes website – was sent a counting card because he had put “British” as his nationality on the electoral register.

Registering to come out for

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK and many British denizens living abroad are entitled to vote in the referendum.

You can check with your city authority’s electoral services team if you are worried that you are not on the register.

If you are not on the show you have until midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to submit an petition for a vote. The deadlines for applying for a postal vote at the referendum are:

  • Northern Ireland – 5pm, Friday 3 June 2016
  • Tremendous Britain – 5pm, Wednesday 8 June 2016

In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to uphold online anytime at If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can reveal to vote online in the same way.

In Northern Ireland, visit the government’s Rota to vote in Northern Ireland ge to download a registration form. If you are an Irish townswoman living abroad who was born in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Responsibility for Northern Ireland website to download the correct form.

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