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Stockport voters contacted after wrong ballot error

Ninety people who filled in the wrong ballot paper in Stockport have been given the chance to vote again.

Stockport Council said people in Heatons North had voted for candidates in Heatons South and vice versa, between 0700 and 0710 BST.

The mistake was discovered at 0710 BST and correct papers were delivered by 0900 BST, the local authority said.

All those affected have now been contacted and many people had returned to vote a second time, it said.

Help was being given to those who needed to travel to the polling station.

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission said they would be in touch with the council and the matter would feature in their post election report.

Deputy returning officer Laureen Donnan said: "We apologise to everyone who was inconvenienced in Heatons North and Heatons South early this morning.

"We spotted the error very quickly, and we are taking all steps possible to ensure the situation is rectified."

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