Incorrect voting instructions removed from polling station after 'error'

Voters at a Glasgow polling station were met with incorrect instructions on Thursday morning.

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Voters at a polling station in Glasgow were faced with posters displaying incorrect instructions for their ballot on Thursday morning as the General Election got under way.

Members of the public attending the station at Notre Dame Primary School were met with posters asking them to number candidates in order of preference.

Glasgow City Council said the error only affected the “first few voters” of the day.

This voting method is known as Single Transferable Vote and is used in local elections in Scotland.

The General Election is decided using the first-past-the-post voting method which only requires voters to put an ‘X’ in the box of their preferred candidate.

A concerned voter told STV that instructions telling people to number the candidates had been left in some booths while others had no instructions at all.

A Glasgow City Council spokesperson said: “The error was spotted very soon after the polling station opened and after the first few voters. 

“It was replaced with the correct information.

“No one has been disenfranchised as the first preference will be taken from the ballot paper.” 

The Electoral Managemenrt Board for Scotland has said any ballots submitted would be valid

“On a paper marked with numbers the clear preference would be for the candidate numbered 1,” Chris Highcock, secretary to the EMB, said.

When do polling stations open and close?

Polling stations everywhere in the UK will open from 7am on Thursday until 10pm that night.

Where is my polling station?

You should have received this information in your polling card but it’s easily found online.

Just head to the Electoral Commission’s website here, type in your postcode and it’ll give you the details for your polling station.

Do I need to bring ID?

Yes. This is the first time Scots will have to show ID in an election. Don’t forget it or you won’t be able to vote.

What ID do I need to bring?

There’s a large variety of ID types accepted by the UK Government, including bus passes and driving licences.

A full list can be found here.

What if I forgot to send my postal vote?

If you’re unable to send away your postal vote on time you can take it down to your polling station.

As long as it’s in before 10pm you should be okay.

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