A polling station in a chip shop, another moved because of flooding and 4x4s on standby in case bad weather cuts rural areas off.Christmas has even been cancelled in some village halls – with nativities moved to prepare for voters.This is the first December general election since 1923, with organisers admitting they have faced a whole host of headaches. Many said it was the “most challenging” they had been involved in.Voters across the UK will start voting when polls open at 07:00 GMT.As well as the weather and unusual time of year, the decision to hold the election was made at the end of October, meaning there was less than the usual six months to prepare.”Condensing everything into just a few weeks has been a challenge for us,” said Laura Lock of the Association of Electoral Administrators.”We also found that as soon as we started trying to make arrangements that there were nativities, Christmas lunches and all of those types of things already planned.”So getting access ability to venues, particularly for the count – a lot of people have had to move.”The anticipated high turnout is expected to bring challenges of accommodating everyone, as well as the weather. Additional heaters… Read full this story
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