A printing error on the poll cards for electors in the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency has meant that the council has had to write to 63,691 voters out of an estimated registered electorate of around 75,000 to apologise and correct the mistake.
The error is in the information about an emergency, last minute proxy vote - on the poll card it says the emergency proxy vote is only available from 5pm on the day before the election. However, emergency proxy votes can be obtained from Tuesday, April 28, at 5pm, the time and date when ordinary proxy votes have to be applied for.
Letters were sent out to voters by the electoral registration officer at Scottish Borders Council at the end of last week to explain the error and SBC has confirmed that “there was an error by the external printers and the letters are being sent at no cost to the council”.
“Letters are being sent to all affected electors to correct this mistake,” said an SBC spokesperson. “It is essential that all voters have the correct information relating to the election to ensure that no voter misses their opportunity to vote.”
Application forms for ordinary proxy votes (deadline 5pm on Tuesday, April 28) can be downloaded from the Scottish Borders Council website or can be obtained by contacting 0300 100 1800.
Following Tuesday, April 28, anyone requiring an emergency proxy vote will need to call 0300 100 1800. The deadline for emergency proxy vote applications is 5pm on Thursday, May 7.