Low-cost post meant papers came too late to vote

Hundreds of Britons in France and other EU countries received their postal ballots too late to be returned in time for the UK’s May 23 EU election.

Often delays were linked to local councils choosing to use a low-cost mail service that sent letters via the Netherlands.

Around 50 readers with such  issues contacted Connexion.

The campaign coalition British in Europe (BiE) cited hundreds of reports.

Several councils had used the UK post firm Adare, but ballots arrived late, leaving readers worried they could not be returned on time.

The firm’s website states its “post solution enables clients to achieve the maximum postal discount possible”.

In many cases, ...

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