Election Daily July 1: Final push for votes as General Election looms

As many Scottish schools have wound up for the summer holidays, some voters will have missed out on their postal votes arriving in time.

Key Points
  • Local authorities predicted most postal voters would receive their ballots by Monday
  • Scottish school summer holidays may mean many will have missed out as they jet off abroad
  • Parties ramp up efforts to appeal to undecided voters as polling day looms
  • Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he knows voters are frustrated with the Conservative Party
  • Sir Keir Starmer asks voters to judge him in five years’ time against improved public services, economy and living standards

With just three days left until the polls open, political parties are ramping up their efforts to appeal to undecided voters ahead of July 4.

It comes amid a furore over late postal votes, with some voters missing out on the chance to cast their ballot due to the Scottish school summer holidays.

John Swinney admitted on Sunday that “nothing could be done” for those who missed out due to preplanned holidays after Rishi Sunak called a surprise general election for July 4.

The SNP leader said he had “made it very clear about the fact some people will be disenfranchised” if their postal votes cannot be filled out and returned on time.

The responsibility for sending postal votes out on time lies with local authorities, who each offered different advice to voters in their council area.

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