Thursday is voting day in the UK with some important by, local, mayoral and PCC elections but for some there appears to be no room at the inn.
Dorothy Badrick, Corbyn50yrs+ member reports she was turned away from her polling station Thursday morning.
Ms Badrick told NEWTEKWORLDNEWS Barnet Council has outsourced to Capita who "sent out the wrong lists." This meant people wanting to vote this morning were not able to.
Dorothy adds Barnet is one of the largest London boroughs, eighth in the country which means if you skew the vote here you could easily skew the London mayoral vote and the London assembly vote.
As Ms Badrick points out "Bearing in mind people voting early are likely to be Labour voters on their way to work" we can and will draw our own conclusions." And this has affected ALL Barnet polling stations.
Late morning BBC News reportsed;
A large number of people in north London have been unable to vote because of registration problems at polling stations.
The Tories are already facing allegations of election fraud in 2015. That means any new error looks fishy especially in such an area as London.
If you are a shift-worker getting back to vote later in the day may not be an option.
In June 2015 Capita were awarded a huge NHS contract by the Tory government.
Having posted the brief post above the editor tootled off to cast her PCC and local council vote here in Hull, Yorkshire.
The Barnet fiasco was mentioned to those staffing our local church which was turned over to a polling station for the day and the response was interesting.
We were told staff never simply turn up at polling stations on the day. We were told the night before voting registers issued are checked; we told that across the city the register for another station was found to be incorrect during a Wednesday night checked, returned and the issue resolved ahead of voting today.
So what went wrong in Barnet?
The most worrying possible negative impact is in the London mayoral election.
Barnet Council has now apologised to those excluded from voting this morning urging people to return but that will not be easy for some. The council has confirmed all 155 polling stations were affected but said staff now had accurate registers.
BBC News reports;
Staff were told a "printing error" was to blame. The council said it was unable to confirm how many of the 236,196 people registered to vote had been affected by its mistake.
Written in April 2015 this post is as true as ever ahead of the General Election 2017;
In the same way you have to be in the Lottery to win it you must be registered to vote in order to do so; the way we register to vote has undergone some changes and sadly huge numbers of the electorate have simply dropped off the radar.
Sometimes that is by choice as voters feel that politics has nothing to offer them but at other times it is just a failure to realise they are not registered.
Students away from home at University in another town are a prime example.
Whatever your politics if you are not registered to vote you have no say in who may form a government to run the country. You will live with the policies a new government makes like it or lump it.
So get out there and vote on May 7 2015 [June 8 2017] but more importantly make sure you are registered to vote and do that and do so now.
Register My Vote has some useful information about how to register and more.
That website offers a link to Gov UK for you to register.
The process is very simple.
You will need to provide a few details which include your name, previous names, national insurance number, postcode and address.
Once you have completed the form, it is easy and quick to do so, you should receive an email confirmation.
Gov UK will contact your local council for you. If the council need any information they will contact you by your preferred choice telephone, email or post.
But if all the information you have provided is accurate you will be registered to vote.
Simple, quick and painless. It is not linked to any benefits or council taxes as some fear. It is simply a process to get registered to vote.
Opinion: Those of us hoping to remove the Tories from office in May [June 2017] know that all votes matter. It could be a tight race leading to a coalition government but if people turn out to vote it may not be.
As homelessness increases in the UK due to Tory policies such as welfare cuts and the infamous Bedroom or spare room tax numbers of potential Labour voters fall out of the system. They become an under-class with no political voice.
These are the very people who by experience know that the Tories and Lib Dems must be ousted from office.
Be their voice and make sure you are registered to vote then use that vote and wisely.
If not it could be you joining the under-class of British society.
There is still time to register but it is running out - you have until Monday April 20 so get a move one.
Register to vote here