The London Assembly has called on ministers to change the law and ensure anyone queuing outside a polling station when it closes is allowed to cast their vote.
The call comes in a new report published by the Assembly and follows complaints of voters being turned away at last year’s General Election.
Assembly Members say with “hundreds” disenfranchised last May it is important everyone who wishes to vote in 2012’s Mayoral and London Assembly elections be able to do so.
AMs are also calling for Returning Officers to be given guidance on how to on deal with any “late surge” of voters and say the law should be changed to ensure voters are not disenfranchised when the polls close.
The report, entitled Vote of Confidence?, also calls for action to tackle the intimidation of voters which AMs say takes place “at some polling stations”
Andrew Boff AM, who chaired the Assembly’s Elections Review Working Group, said: “This report aims to ensure that we have learned from the failures and success of the 2010 elections. It is vital that all voters regain confidence in the democratic process prior to the GLA elections in 2012.
“Whilst our report shows that relatively few boroughs had significant problems with the management of polling on 6 May 2010, we owe it to the hundreds of voters we know were disenfranchised to ensure it never happens again.”
Vote of Confidence? is available to download.