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Challenge to Clegg over voter’s rights

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sheffield Heeley MP, Meg Munn, has challenged Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, over his refusal to implement simple changes to ensure that everyone who turns up at a polling station on election night is able to vote.

Meg has been working to get the government to ensure voters in Sheffield, and elsewhere, do not experience a repeat of the situation at polling stations during the last general election. In 2010 thousands of people were turned away across the country when polling stations closed, including hundreds in Sheffield.

The MP has welcomed changes made in her constituency and across the city to ensure the number of people who are able to vote at polling stations is better managed. However she is concerned that there are still circumstances where a last minute surge of people might result in all who are present at close of poll not being able to vote.  

Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, said:

“I am astounded at Nick Clegg’s refusal to implement such a simple change to secure voter’s rights.

The change I am advocating has already been made in Scotland for the local elections. It would ensure that those present at a polling station at close of poll would be entitled to vote.

In a meeting last year, the government indicated that they would be open to change if further examination of the situation supported it. This has now happened and despite further evidence from the Electoral Commission and a report of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Nick Clegg refuses to budge.

This isn’t just a local issue. Whilst Sheffield is now well prepared for such an event other places may not be as we had to learn from what happened last time.

The government are making a number of changes to the law to improve the elections process. It is vital that Nick Clegg takes this opportunity to ensure basic rights for all voters.”

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