EU Citizens Sent Referendum Polling Cards

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Multiple reports are emerging that EU citizens have been sent polling cards despite not having a vote in the referendum. Jakub Pawlowski, a Polish citizen living in Kingston, Surrey, tells Guido:

“I have been living in UK since 2006 but never applied for British citizenship. I recently bought a house and in December 2015, right after completion, filled the form to get registered on electoral roll. I have selected there that I’m a Polish citizen. I could therefore vote in London mayoral elections this month, however recently I got a polling card for the upcoming referendum on EU membership.”

Non-British EU citizens do not have a vote in the referendum…

Kingston council told Jakub that he was erroneously in their database as a British citizen. But this appears to be a widespread problem:

Another stunning success for the Electoral Commission…

UPDATE: Kingston council say:

“When applying to be included on the Register of Electors the elector in question indicated his nationality as British and, thus, was issued with a polling card for the Referendum. Instances such as this are taken extremely seriously and we are working closely with, and under the guidance of, the Electoral Commission.”

There are reports of similar stories elsewhere…


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