Two EU citizens’ rights groups have said they will be bringing forward a legal challenge after thousands of voters reported being turned away from polling stations in the UK on Thursday.
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The groups, who represent EU citizens in the UK and British citizens abroad, plan to explore a legal challenge that could “potentially lead to compensation for those who weren’t allowed to vote.”
They have provided a complaint form for those who were denied their vote to signal it to the Electoral Commission. Over 3,500 people used the form on May 23.
Many took to Twitter to express their support using the hashtag #Deniedmyvote.
It’s a hashtag the groups said appeared over 100,000 times on May 23 when the UK held EU parliamentary elections. Indeed it was already trending Thursday morning just hours after polls opened.
EU citizens living in the UK were often denied a vote because they needed a voter registration form stating that they would not vote in their home country, a bureaucratic hoop they may not have known about.