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Polling station set up in the trunk ‘after the church keeper slept’

A voter cast his ballot in a trunk after the church minister opened his polling station “apparently overslept”.

Toby Porter said he cast his vote in Oxford at 7:25 am and the normal polling station was “open” at 7:30 am.

He said around a dozen people voted in the car before the Oxford Center for Mission Studies opened.

“We thought it was fun. Everyone enjoyed the novelty, ”he told the PA news agency.

The community leader apparently overslept, so just cast my vote in a car. # LocalElections2021 pic.twitter.com/Ast6sGWl4Y

– Toby Porter (@tobyhporter) May 6, 2021

Laura Lock, associate general manager of the Association of Electoral Administrators, said there were some polling stations in cars at every election.

“All polling station staff are trained to set up temporary polling stations for such cases,” she said.

“Unfortunately, we find key holders overslept, so with every election we see a handful of polling stations in cars until the access to the building can be sorted.”

People who go to polling stations on Thursday are encouraged to take their own pen or pencil and wear face covering due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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