Welwyn Garden City woman brands postal votes ‘pointless’ after hers goes missing

PUBLISHED: 17:23 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 06 June 2017

Burcu Urundul, of Welwyn Garden City, with her letter stating when her postal vote would arrive.

Burcu Urundul, of Welwyn Garden City, with her letter stating when her postal vote would arrive.

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A Welwyn Garden City woman’s postal vote has not arrived despite the general election being two days away and others have faced the same problem.

Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election on June 8 and the nation will go to the polls this Thursday.

Burcu Urundul, 34, applied for her postal vote the day that the PM announced the snap general election.

Burcu told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I got a call yesterday from the council and they offered to send me my postal vote first class but what good is that? It probably won’t get here in time and it is advised to send off your postal vote two or three days before the election.

“They also suggested that I could go and collect it yesterday but I had an appointment at Lister Hospital due to back problems so I couldn’t get there.

“It makes having a postal vote just so pointless if it doesn’t come and you have to go down there anyway and take time out of your day.

“I’m having back problems and I’m in a lot of pain so it’s an extra trip I really shouldn’t have to do. It’s very annoying.

“But I feel for those who are disabled if theirs didn’t come in time they can’t vote.”

Burcu had to go to the Welwyn Hatfield Council Offices today to cast her vote.

She said: “I was told at the reception desk today that they had several people who were also affected by this coming in to pick up their postal vote.

“I had to call the electoral office when I got there who then came down to hand me my postal vote in the reception area.

“I completed my vote and submitted it back at the reception desk. But the whole thing should have been handled far better.

“The point of having a postal vote is so that it makes life easier not having to trudge into their office out of your daily schedule.”

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council said: “We’ve had several queries relating to postal votes not being received which were sent out first class to those eligible.

“All postal vote packs should have been received by now. Any electors who have not received theirs should contact Electoral Services as soon as possible.

“Eligible electors who are set up for a postal vote are able to apply for a replacement for a lost postal vote pack up until 5pm on Thursday, June 8.

“Electors who apply for a replacement postal vote close to, or on the day of the election can collect them from the council offices where they can be completed there and then, or taken away to be completed and handed into their polling station on the day.”

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