William Eichler 13 December 2019

Council apologises after tweet prompts ‘voter suppression’ accusation

Council apologises after tweet prompts ‘voter suppression’ accusation image

A Scottish council has apologised for what it described as a ‘lack of clarity’ after it told voters they required ID to vote.

Perth and Kinross Council tweeted that residents needed to take some form of identification to the polling booth in order to cast a vote.

The council was forced to delete the inaccurate tweet after followers on the social media website accused them of attempting to suppress voter turnout.

However, the tweet was not deleted as soon as the council was alerted and instead was left up until Wednesday night.

‘We apologise over the lack of clarity in a social media post regarding the production of ID in relation to voting in the general election,’ a council spokesperson said.

‘This error was brought to our attention within an hour of the post going up, and the council issued a correction at that point.

'The original tweet was taken down by the council on Wednesday night, twitter did not take it down.

‘We continued to message throughout the day reminding people of the need to vote and further advising them that neither ID nor polling cards are required to be shown to allow people to vote.’

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