ANGRY voters have claimed they have been turned away from polling stations without being allowed to vote.
The country has gone to the polls today in what has been billed as the most important General Election in a generation. But some people have complained about being sent away without being allowed to cast their vote.
Ellis Bennett, 18, claimed he was told he was not registered to vote by his polling station in Woolton Village.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “I turned up today ready to vote but when I gave my name they said I wasn’t on the list.
“They put me on to someone at the council who said I wasn’t the first person to complain about this – I definitely registered weeks ago.
“When I registered they asked me for photo ID and everything and I gave it – I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t be registered.
“I am fuming, this election is the biggest issue facing the country and we need young people to get out and vote.”
Joanne Mills also said she was not able to vote at her polling station in Halewood.
She said: “It was weird, my name was on the list but it had an A next to it and a line crossed through it.
“I have since been told that this is because I am a postal voter – but I did not ask to be.
“When the postal voter paperwork arrived at my house with my polling card I binned it and thought it was a mistake as I have always voted at polling stations.
“The people at the polling station this morning had no idea why my name, and a number of others, were crossed out, so he asked for my card and said come back after work later and I will look into it for you.
“If this is happening across the country people will be confused and turned away.
“Why send polling card and postal votes to you if you can’t use the card?”
Meanwhile, members of the public in a number of London constituencies have had to queue around street corners to vote.
Craig Fordham, 45, from Putney, who had to wait for 15 minutes, said: “I’ve voted at the same station and time for eight years, but have never had to queue before.
Chris Schofield, 27, queued for 20 minutes in the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency.
He said: “It’s about 20 times busier than it was in 2017, and for the locals and Euro elections.
“Atmosphere is very London – orderly queueing and no-one is talking to each other!”
Mr Schofield said there were over 70 voters waiting outside, adding that there were at least three officers working at the station but only one taking addresses from voters.
Asked why he thought there were so many people queuing, he said: “I think it’s the election of a lifetime for many of us.”
Queues were also reported in Cambridge, where John Walsh tweeted to say it was the “first time ever” that he had to wait to vote.
In Bermondsey, south-east London, a burst water main caused flooding, prompting some voters to decide to leave and return later.
Graham Kings said: “I could have gone home and put wellington boots on and waded across the flooded road to try to get in, but had to go to work and so will vote this evening.”