London voters are being turned away from polling stations because of a huge admin error
Hundreds of voters in the north London borough of Barnet are being "turned away" from polling stations over a major administrative error.
Barnet residents, who visited stations on Thursday morning to cast their votes in the London mayoral and assembly elections, were instructed to come back later in the day as they were not on the polling lists.
The error relates to the polling lists being issued incorrectly, according to local newspaper the Barnet & Potters Bar Times, and has affected all of Barnet's 90 polling stations.
Affected residents were furious, with many expressing their anger on social media.
Among the affected voters were UK's chief Rabbi Mirvis and his wife, according to Jewish Chronicle reporter Sandy Rashty.
Confirmed: UK Chief Rabbi Mirvis & wife Valerie turned away from Barnet polling station after voting shambles. Now travelling, so can't vote- Sandy Rashty (@SandyRashty) May 5, 2016
Mittra said: "Out of the seven people who came to my polling station in the first 10 minutes, only one was able to vote. They were very angry - I had one lady who was crying because she was so upset."
He added: "She had come at 7 a.m. to vote because she was going away for the day - she said she was disenfranchised. It's a disgrace."
British voters usually aren't required to take their personal polling cards with them when they go to vote, however Barnet council has told residents to bring theirs in order to prove their identity.
The council posted the following tweets:
We are aware of problems with voting registers at our polling stations. This being resolved. Please take voting cards with you.- Barnet Council (@BarnetCouncil) May 5, 2016
Please can voters unable to vote this morning return to their polling station later if possible. We apologise for these problems.- Barnet Council (@BarnetCouncil) May 5, 2016
The mess-up could potentially impact the chances of Conservative mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, who was expected to receive large support in Barnet.
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