Posted by: westlancashirerecord | May 30, 2017

Fylde Postal Vote Cock-Up

Just up the road, Fylde Borough Council  has conceded there has been a postal vote cock-up that they blame on the printers. But who checks the final prints of all LEGAL electoral documents? And why was it left for a sharp eyed reader who notified it on the social media? Fylde has around 25% of its votes cast by post.

Fylde states “Further to a report from a member of the public, Fylde Borough Council can confirm that it has identified a printing anomaly, affecting a small number of postal ballot papers for the upcoming Parliamentary Election on 8 June 2017.

“This has arisen as the result of an error made at the printing stage, prior to the delivery of the postal packs to Fylde Borough Council. In some postal packs, the number on the postal voting statement does not correspond with the number on the back of the ballot paper. Upon receipt of the postal packs from the printers, quality checking was conducted in strict adherence to Electoral Commission procedure, but no such anomaly was identified at that time. [a cock-up!]

“Fylde Borough Council is manually checking EVERY individual postal vote received, to ensure that ALL such mismatched postal packs are identified and WILL BE COUNTED in the forthcoming election, so long as they have been filled in, as per the instructions in the postal voting packs.

“THIS PRINTING ANOMALY WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR VOTE, OR ITS INCLUSION IN THE BALLOT FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION ON 8 JUNE 2017. NO ONE’S VOTE WILL BE EXCLUDED AS A RESULT OF THIS ISSUE”.


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