Ebene Magazine – Election in Great Britain: Voters put ballots in the trunk after the church caretaker « overslept » because the polling station was open

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Emily Chudy

A voter cast his ballot in a trunk after the church minister « apparently overslept » opened his polling station.

Toby Porter said he cast his vote in Oxford at 7:25 am , and the normal polling station was « open » at 7:30 am.

He said around a dozen people voted in the car before the Oxford Center for Mission Studies opened.

Laura Lock, deputy Association of Electoral Administrators executive director said there were some polling stations in cars at every election. « All polling station staff are trained to set up temporary polling stations for such cases, » she said. « Unfortunately we find keyholders overslept, so with each election we see a handful of polling stations in cars until the access to the building can be sorted. « 

A spokesman for Oxford City Council said: » The keyholder has ver sleep and for a short time at 7am the voters voted with the cars of the POs (chairmen).

“This is the standard procedure when a station building is not open on time and is part of the training we give them.

« The key is that the ballot papers can be put out at 7 a.m., wherever that may be. The building was open within 15 minutes. “

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