Students turned away from polling stations in ‘most important election in a generation’
As election results are announced, reports are coming out of students being turned away from polling stations due to administrative errors.
The University of Sunderland has reported that multiple students have been prevented from voting at their local polling station. Many are being told they’re not on the polling station list despite being registered to vote.
Sunderland’s VP of Education and Democracy, Jo Lisney, who experienced this first hand said: “It was a shock this morning when I went to vote and was told I couldn’t. I had my polling card come through so I knew I could, but the people at the station showed me the list and it said ‘details deleted’. After this, I called the Electoral Commission and they confirmed I can vote and told me to go back with my polling card but if it doesn’t work, call them again.”
These issues are occurring all over the UK, with students in Liverpool, Bury North, Hackney and Huddersfield reporting similar incidents.