Letter sent to our local paper
This issue should not be quietly dropped. Please write to your MPs and local papers. We need answers as to why this happened.
This is the text of my letter sent today.
I was infuriated to see the hashtag #deniedmyvote trending on EU Election Day last week. It seems that 10s of thousands of EU27 citizens, maybe more, in the UK were denied their vote here either because of lack of timely information from councils around the country or incorrect processing of the silly over bureaucratic second form imposed by the British government in the electoral process. Meanwhile many British voters in the EU who wanted to vote in their home country rather than their country of residence did not receive their postal votes in time. Thankfully it seems that Chester council seems to have been well organised and responsive and Chester for Europe ran a campaign to try and get information out. Other North West councils may not have performed so well as we are hearing reports of affected voters there and we don’t know how many people had “red lines” put through their names at the polling station. This is really the ultimate metaphor of Brexit which was like drawing a line through the names of our EU27 family and friends as if they did not matter. Ignored and used and insulted by the Government and the brexit architects, the EU elections were a chance for their voices to be heard. To lose their vote is beyond disgusting in a modern democracy. This is very troubling and not an issue for shrugging shoulders. I ask you this, who will be the next group of people to be denied their right to vote, will it be you and who will defend and stand up for you in that instance? I hope the public will demand some answers from our politicians. How did this happen, how many people around the country were affected and what is to be done about it?
The 3million group are taking legal action on this matter and anybody affected should contact them with their experience.