Royal Mail denies postal vote backlog as concerns raised

by | Jul 2, 2024 | Politics

1 hour ago BBCRoyal Mail has insisted there is no backlog of postal votes, as parties raise concerns some people may not receive their ballot in time to vote in Thursday’s general election. Reports of delays receiving postal votes have caused particular concern in Scotland as most schools there have now broken up for the summer, with many families setting off on holiday. However, there have also been issues reported in Essex, Devon and parts of London. Postal affairs minister Kevin Hollinrake said there was “a resourcing issue” with Royal Mail, while SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn said the system was “not fit for purpose”. An Electoral Commission spokesperson said: “The vast majority of postal votes have been delivered, with tens of thousands landing on doorsteps over the weekend. We are not aware of any outstanding large-scale issues.”Voters who have not yet received their postal ballot are advised to contact their local authority to request a replacement. Completed postal votes must have reached councils by 22:00 BST on polling day. Local councils are responsible for sending postal ballot forms to voters but some have blamed Royal Mail for delays. A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We have no backlog of postal votes and, whilst we are not complacent, we remain confident that postal votes handed to us on time will be delivered prior to polling day.”Where specific concerns have been raised, we have investigated and confirmed ballot packs are being delivered as soon as they arrive in our network.”The spokesperson said Royal Mail would welcome a review of the postal vote timetable for future elections. However, Mr Flynn told BBC Breakfast: “I would probably argue with some of the Royal Mail’s sentiments because if there’s no b …

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