Who expected postal votes to go missing if it seemed the Tories were likely to lose?

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If you did, it seems you were right.

More than 1,500 people have not received their postal vote ballot papers in Plymouth.

The local council – responsible for administering the postal vote system – is run by a Conservative/UKIP coalition.

Council representatives have apologised, blaming “a computer problem” – but have so far managed to issue only 600 replacements, according to the Plymouth Herald.

Those lucky enough to receive those replacements will have a range of options including a special same-day delivery service by Royal Mail, voting early at polling booths, or taking completed postal ballots to a polling station on Thursday.

The thing is, people apply for postal votes because they have a reason to do so.

Many may not be able to get to a polling station, and the same-day delivery service may only be available to them if the postie who delivers their replacement ballot form waits for them to complete it. Is that likely?

Effectively, This Writer is sure some people will be disenfranchised by this “computer problem” – and that is unacceptable.

The public response has been what one should expect. This tweet was published when it was believed that only 380 postal vote forms had been lost:

Oh yes. We’re told the private company responsible for these postal votes apparently belongs to Conservative ex-MP Peter Lilley.

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7 thoughts on “Who expected postal votes to go missing if it seemed the Tories were likely to lose?

  1. Stu

    After reading this article, I looked around and discovered this….

    Once can be a co-incidence but two or more times is a pattern.
    Whether it’s simply G4s – like incompetence or something far more suspicious, who knows ?
    Perhaps we should keep a critical eye on the Tory marginals.

  2. marcusdemowbray

    Judged by contemporary Tory behaviour and Tactics it is impossible NOT to be very suspicious. Do other democracies allow a company owned by a government member to be in charge of election votes?

  3. NMac

    The Tory corruption starts here. If they can’t fiddle their election expenses they have to find some other way to cheat their way to power.

  4. John

    Not sure I understand this, but what would the Tories have to gain from this? After all, they may have lost their OWN voters?!

  5. Audrey Pool

    Shades of Copeland and who knows how many other’s.No private company should be responsible for election voting.The opportunities for corruption are all too obvious and erode public confidence in the result and in the whole democratic process.

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