Polling cards dumped

Coun Norman Bradbury at the flats in Devonshire Road, Atherton, where election poll cards were dumped in the entrance hall
Coun Norman Bradbury at the flats in Devonshire Road, Atherton, where election poll cards were dumped in the entrance hall

TOWN hall chiefs are facing calls for a probe after polling cards were “dumped” in Wigan flats.

Independent Coun Norman Bradbury made the alarming discovery in the stairwell area while out delivering his own elections leaflets for Thursday’s polling day battle.

He claims the exact same thing happens regularly with tenants’ copies of the council’s Borough Life magazine and is now demanding changes to the council’s use of contract distribution.

However, the council pointed out that voters can still vote without their polling card once their details have been verified against the electoral register by Democratic Services staff at the polling station itself. They also disputed the number of polling cards which hadn’t been delivered through tenants’ letter boxes in the four blocks of flats at Devonshire Road in Atherton.

Coun Bradbury said: “You are supposed to take your polling card with you when you go vote so when I walked into the flats delivering Independent election leaflets, I was disgusted by what I saw.

“In one block of the flats there were six residents’ voting cards lying on the floor in the stairwell area and in the next block there were about three lying on the floor so whether half the tenants had picked up their own cards, I don’t know but I certainly hope so.

“There is widespread concern about the number of people that bother to vote but not delivering their polling cards to the right addresses isn’t helping matters.

“I was so disgusted I contact the Democratic Services straight away because I want the situation investigating.

“The first thing I was told was possibly they had been unable to get into the flats but this isn’t the case because they have just been thrown down in the stairwell inside and if you can get in there then you can go up the stairs.”

A spokesman for the council said: “Democratic Services have been informed about three missed properties at this address. The polling card was a reminder.

“It is not something that needs to be presented on polling day and therefore would not affect anyone’s right to vote.”