DONCASTER Council was yesterday forced to dish out hundreds of last minute replacement postal ballot papers after the originals failed to arrive with voters for today’s referendum and election.
There were also concerns some had not received their polling cards, said the council.
Concerned Sprotbrough resident Ken Whitworth, one of those whose papers failed to arrive said: “If people planned to use a postal vote because they were on holiday, they will not now be able to vote if they have already gone away. I was quite angry about this and was concerned I was being deprived of a chance to vote.”
A council spokesman said the authority had arranged for replacement postal votes to be prepared which were being hand-delivered by their staff yesterday.
Replacements will be issued to voters who contact its election team before 5pm today. Votes can be returned via the staff who deliver them, dropped off at polling stations, posted before 4pm today or posted before 10pm tonight at the Copley House, at Waterdale.
The spokesman said voters did not need to have their polling card with them to vote at the polling stations.
Voters across the borough are today being given what is expected to be a once-in-a-decade chance to decide how they want Doncaster to be run, with the option of ditching the position of elected mayor 10 years after it was introduced.
Senior councillors on the main three parties on the council are split on whether they want to keep an elected mayor - but all are calling for voters to make their views count.