19/04/2012

Community Council postal ballot papers wrongly worded

Ceredigion Council has acknowledged that postal voting forms for Community Council elections, including for Aberystwyth Town Council, are wrongly worded. The Councils affected are Aberystwyth, Aberteifi (Cardigan), Llangeitho, Llangybi, Llansantffraed and Llanwenog. 

The lilac ballot papers in the multi-members wards, which were posted from Aberaeron today (Thursday) say, "Vote for x candidates only". They should say, "Vote for no more than x candidates". Hopefully voters will be guided by the advice contained in Plaid Cymru's Town Council election leaflets which is correct. 

Most County Council wards are unaffected but those who elect two councillors - Penparcau and Lampeter -  have been.

All affected postal voters are being contacted tonight or tomorrow morning by hand-delivered letter. Voters who have already posted their voting papers before being contacted will be entitled to ask for replacement ballot papers if they want to change the way they voted.

4 comments:

  1. Nice article, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Was the same mistake in the Welsh guidance also?

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  3. Jeff it was the ballot papers affected not a guidance sheet and I'd imagine that the ballot paper is bilingual therefore the Welsh and English should be identical :/

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  4. Jeff,
    Fair question. The notice I received from the County Council about the mistake was, unusually, in English only (booo). I assume the same mistake appears in Welsh on the ballot paper but, since I'm not registered as a postal voter I can't yet be sure.

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