Ford Galaxy turned into polling station for council election after building mistakenly locked

Simon Johnson
Moray Council handout photo of a polling station at the Royal British Legion branch in Buckie, Moray, that had to be set up in a car after election staff turned up to find their designated building locked - PA

A polling station for today's council elections had to be set up in a car after the designated building for voters to use was mistakenly locked.

Presiding officer Simone Evans improvised after being unable to gain access to the Royal British Legion branch in Buckie, Moray, in the north of Scotland.

Polling station notices were put up in the windows of her Ford Galaxy people carrier, with the ballot box on the front passenger seat and voters given privacy to cast their vote in the back seat.

Two early voters turned out to exercise their democratic right in the back of the car before staff turned up to open the building.

Moira Patrick, Moray's depute returning officer, said: "She did exactly what all our elections staff are trained to do in the event of not being able to gain access to a polling place for whatever reason.

"It is part of their training, but as far as I can recall this is only the second time it has ever had to be put into practice."

Moray Council said it was unclear why the building was not accessible in time for the polls opening at 7am.

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