Lancashire

Votes cast in back of car in Lancashire

Three people voted in the back of a car after the keyholder to a Lancashire polling station was late to arrive.

Local election officers at Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington placed the ballot box in the open boot of the car outside the venue on Thursday morning.

The returning officer for Hyndburn Borough Council, Jane Ellis, said it was a pre-arranged back-up plan in case of any emergencies.

The gallery was opened a short time later.

One of the voters affected, June Leeming, said: "They approached me and said 'are you coming to vote?'. I said well yes, they said we're not open yet but don't worry you don't need to go away.

"So they took my details and passed over two slips to vote with, and said right, you can get into your private little voting kiosk now, and I had to clamber into the back of the car to mark my card, as it were."

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