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messageDid anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Crepe Suzette 01 May, 2008 12:15

I did get all my other election related post (the booklet, the confirmation of names on the electoral register) but didn't get a polling card. Did this happen to anyone else? Can we still vote, e.g. with a proof of id and proof of address?

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by SteveT 01 May, 2008 12:56

I didn't either.
I still voted by taking all the other stuff which had been dropped through the letterbox.

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dickensman

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Siduhe 01 May, 2008 12:58

Yes, you can vote. You don't even need photo id, but you do need to be able to give name, address and date of birth.

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Xanadustar 01 May, 2008 13:01

I didn't get one either, although hubby received his postal vote in good time. Rang Southwark and they advised me to take my passport and a utility bill with me. Bit rubbish frankly, this hasn't happened before.

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Crepe Suzette 01 May, 2008 13:10

Great, thanks all!

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by trinity 01 May, 2008 13:21

Yes you can vote - no id is required. Just hope that no-one got there before you with your polling card though.

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Posted by LizzygotDizzy 01 May, 2008 13:22

I lost my polling card, but was told to bring ID with me, which I did, and all was well

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by katybenno 02 May, 2008 15:59

OH I didn't get a polling card either. And I know the reason. Our clever Southwark Council decided to 'hand deliver' all its polling cards. IE they gave them to some kid who delivered half then got bored and shoved the rest in the nearest wheely bin.

After ringing the council 3 times, she admitted that you didn't even need proof of address or who you are to vote. So really yesterday you could have just popped along with your next door neighbours name and voted for them.

very secure

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by bawdy-nan 02 May, 2008 18:11

We got a polling card for someone who has never lived in our house. I rang the council concerned about identity fraud. They said you can just ring up and say you live somewhere in order to get yourself put on the electoral roll but its quite tricky to get someone off.

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Crepe Suzette 02 May, 2008 19:05

System sounds as waterproof as my old shoes

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by KalamityKel 02 May, 2008 19:32

Great idea! Imagine all the extra votes you can get from people not resident in the UK!

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Posted by grandpafred 02 May, 2008 20:55

Yes you are correct, in this country you do not need ID to vote, or even a polling card , you only have to give your name and address, (wait till we all have to have the new Govenment ID cards...)
I was amazed yesterday when I went to vote THERE WAS A QUEUE!!!
I have been able to vote for some years and I have never seen that before!!!

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by muffins78 03 May, 2008 08:44

I got my card - but am amazed that you dont need photo ID. When I vote in Ireland, I need my card, and a photo ID. Even though I know most of the people at the polling station, they still have to check my passport etc..

This system here isnt secure at all.

I have seen someone trying to rig an election in the past, even caught him red handed on the day of a local election. Thats why its SO important to have ID introduced when voting!! Luckily I was able to report him to the director of elections immediately - I was only a kid myself at the time - its still strikes me as bad - that so called politicians can get away with such deviousness. This man is still active in politics, but I have passed my story on to enough of the right people. I don't think he knows it was me that did it though. He does wonder why I don't give him the time of day - definately not wasting it on him - only when I know I need to keep a beedy eye on him. smiling smiley

People like him, give a terrible name to the politicians who actually care. Its rubbish, because any other politician whom I know, are fab and actually passionate about what they do!! I always thought it would be something I would like to do, but its a tough job, its definately not a 9-5, and I dont think, no matter how much I would like to help people, that I would like to be having a quiet drink and have people approach me with their woes constantly. It also seems like a very draining career - mentally!! On the other hand, I would love to go and stand up to those awful politiicans who are milking the system, and just want their pictures in the papers!

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by se22cat 06 May, 2015 14:43

We haven't received our polling cards either, poor show Southwark Council!

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by BrandNewGuy 06 May, 2015 15:19

I think a lot of people will be unaware that they were bumped off the register during the move to individual rather than household registration. I was, and only found out because I checked the register. Southwark Council couldn't explain it, even though I enlisted the help of a friend who's head of electoral policy in Whitehall. Wait for thousands of angry disenfranchised people tomorrow...

And before anyone brings up conspiracy theories, the move was sensible as we live in more 'atomised' households these days and it reduces the opportunity for mass fraud involving heads of families controlling their votes. However, expecting Southwark Council to implement the change seamlessly proved to be beyond them - and I suspect a number of other mediocre councils up and down the land.

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by DulwichFox 06 May, 2015 15:28

If you did not Reregister you may not be on the NEW list.

I reregistered on line and received 3 separate letters by post :-

Your registration has been received

Your registration is being processed

You are already registered and do not need to do anything.

I later received my Polling Card.

Depends if you confirmed your details in 2014 either by post or on line.

DulwichFox

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by MissKing 06 May, 2015 15:36

This thread is nearly 10 years old!

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by se22cat 06 May, 2015 17:46

Foxy, we all re-registered on-line a good while back; called the council who said "they are a bit late".

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Applespider 06 May, 2015 21:40

Feels bizarre when the original thread is so old but I haven't got a polling card.

I found the letter from earlier this year which says if everything is correct I don't need to do anything but if additional voters use x code to update.

Nothing - I am assuming polling station stays the same as previous elections but is there somewhere I can check?

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Posted by loobylou 06 May, 2015 22:26

I haven't had a polling card either...am just going to turn up as, like Applespider, I had a letter saying that if everything was correct I didn't need to do anything. I'm going to the same polling station as last year (but that was different to previous years).

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by aquarius moon 06 May, 2015 22:29

se22cat Wrote:
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> Foxy, we all re-registered on-line a good while
> back; called the council who said "they are a bit
> late".


I read something on-line recently saying I had to re-register.

So I did.

Then I received a message saying that although I had re-registered, I didn't need to because I was already registered.
My daughter didn't see anything so she didn't re-register.

A couple of weeks ago we both received our polling cards.

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by dc 07 May, 2015 07:08

You don't need a polling card to vote.
Searchable Polling Station locations on @lb_southwark website here: [bit.ly]

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Whoop 07 May, 2015 08:23

I registered for postal vote and recieved a card through for local elections (which I returned) but nothing at all for the general election (which I am told should have been in the same pack). Anyone know if I can just turn up with ID to vote today??

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Applespider 07 May, 2015 09:25

Thanks dc for that link. Much appreciated

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Alexthecamel 07 May, 2015 10:50

To reiterate you can just turn up- no card or ID needed- just give your name and address!

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Bic Basher 07 May, 2015 11:00

I didn't get a polling card this year, but emailed Southwark's Electorial Services who said I'm on the register and to turn up anyway.

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by dresswaves 07 May, 2015 11:08

Whoop Wrote:
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> I registered for postal vote and recieved a card
> through for local elections (which I returned) but
> nothing at all for the general election (which I
> am told should have been in the same pack).
> Anyone know if I can just turn up with ID to vote
> today??

The local elections for London were last year. As far as I'm aware there are no local elections in London today. So the postal vote documents that you should have received a couple of weeks ago would only have had general election voting?

messageRe: Did anyone else not get a polling card?
Posted by Barry mehneth 08 May, 2015 13:15

I don't understand why they provide you with a pencil to vote not a pen?


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