The Vale of Glamorgan Council is apologising to 50,000 local residents after sending them letters containing what it describes as “an inaccuracy”.
The “inaccuracy” is said to involve the “Open Register preference” – a choice that voters can make as to whether or not their names and addresses are included on the publicly-available Voters’ Register.
The council says all the households which were sent the incorrect letters will shortly be receive new letters clarifying the position
However there are reports that some letters also contain other mistakes – some informing voters who had registered for postal votes in advance of May’s local government elections that they would have to attend a polling station to vote. Others reportedly mixed up Welsh and English.
No one appears to know how much council-tax-payers’ money this mistake has already cost or what it will cost to sort out the mess.
The councils claim the mistake won’t affect local residents’ right to vote – provided, that is, that their information is up to date .