‘South Holland council’s mistakes cost me my vote’ – claim

Ex council officer Roy Leycock claims council mistakes denied him a vote in todays referendum. SG160616-202TW
Ex council officer Roy Leycock claims council mistakes denied him a vote in todays referendum. SG160616-202TW
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A retired council officer who has presided at election counts claims he lost his chance to vote in today’s EU referendum because of mistakes made by South Holland District Council.

Roy Leycock (72), who moved to Sutton Bridge six months ago, will make an official complaint and take up the issue with his MP.

Mr Leycock says he phoned the district council on June 1 to apply for a postal vote because he would be away on holiday on referendum day.

He asked for an application form, but claims he was told his phone call alone was sufficient – and his postal vote would be sent out “on the 15th of June and it would be with you on the 16th of June”.

Mr Leycock continued: “He said that he was going to post the postal vote to me, not the application form for the postal vote. The postal vote would be sent out to me, I didn’t have to do anything more.”

Mr Leycock felt it was a strange interpretation of the rules.

He said: “I phoned again that day or the day after and I got the same message. I thought ‘that would not happen in Scotland’, of course I realise different local authorities interpret the rules differently and do things differently.”

His postal vote didn’t arrive on Thursday and he phoned the council again.

“The sum total is I don’t have a vote,” he said.

Mr Leycock, who worked for local authorities in Glasgow and Motherwell, did get a polling card for the EU referendum, which he believes came in the post, and could still use that – but only if he breaks his holiday and travels back from Yorkshire.

“On the 23rd of June I am booked into a Travel Lodge in Bradford,” he said.

The council’s only comment was: “We emailed a postal vote application form to Mr Leycock which he failed to return to us before the deadline set by the Electoral Commission.” But Mr Leycock did not see any application form on his email and wonders how the council could prove one was received. He would have voted leave because the EU members now include too many states that are “economically irresponsible”.