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MSE News: Voting in elections today? You DON'T need a polling card – but take a pen or pencil

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edited 6 May 2021 at 1:13PM in Consumer rights
If you're heading out to vote in various elections across England, Scotland and Wales today you don't need to bring your polling card or ID - but you will need to bring a pen or pencil and wear a face covering...

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'Voting in elections today? You DON'T need a polling card – but take a pen or pencil with you'

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  • daveyjp
    daveyjp Posts: 12,646 Forumite
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    edited 6 May 2021 at 1:16PM
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    More incorrect advice.

    You do not NEED to take a pen or pencil.

    You are advised to take one, but they will be available in polling stations and they will be used just once.
  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281 Forumite
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    - but you will need to bring a pen or pencil >. NO plenty of pencils in the booths  .
    How is this a Consumer Right ??
  • oldagetraveller1
    oldagetraveller1 Posts: 1,283 Forumite
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    edited 6 May 2021 at 1:33PM
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    Use a pen (ballpoint preferably) too, take one with you. No way use a pencil, that's not recommended - just saying!
    Polling card, not received one. Fortunately, not required. Never has been to my knowledge.
    "wear a face covering" not if exempt.

  • MSE_Helen_K
    MSE_Helen_K Posts: 159 MSE Staff
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    daveyjp - The story does explain that: you should bring a pen or pencil if you can but polling stations should have spares. 
    JJ_Egan - my thinking is that it's a consumer right to be able to vote. Happy to move to a different board though if you have a better suggestion? 
    Thanks

  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281 Forumite
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    Should be a headline /highlight as opposed to a forum .
  • MSE_Helen_K
    MSE_Helen_K Posts: 159 MSE Staff
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    JJ_Egan said:
    Should be a headline /highlight as opposed to a forum .
    We do set-up a forum thread for every MSE News story to give people a place for discussion. But thanks for the feedback JJ_Egan. 
  • giraffe69
    giraffe69 Posts: 3,564 Forumite
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    Plenty of pencils available at my polling station. I imagine they sanitise them every few hours. Whatever the story says your OP says "but you will need to bring a pen or pencil " and it is manifestly not true. Why seek to explain it?
  • the_lunatic_is_in_my_head
    the_lunatic_is_in_my_head Posts: 7,801 Forumite
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    edited 6 May 2021 at 4:06PM
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    daveyjp - The story does explain that: you should bring a pen or pencil if you can but polling stations should have spares. 
    JJ_Egan - my thinking is that it's a consumer right to be able to vote. Happy to move to a different board though if you have a better suggestion? 
    Thanks

    So only consumers can vote? 

    Feels more like spam so the articles get read. 
  • custardy
    custardy Posts: 38,365 Forumite
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    daveyjp - The story does explain that: you should bring a pen or pencil if you can but polling stations should have spares. 
    JJ_Egan - my thinking is that it's a consumer right to be able to vote. Happy to move to a different board though if you have a better suggestion? 
    Thanks

    Moneysavers arms   :#
  • user1977
    user1977 Posts: 14,599 Forumite
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    Are staff unable even to edit their own posts to correct factual errors?
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