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UK polling stations turned away "hundreds" of voters on Thursday, shutting their doors as people continued to queue for ballots.

The BBC reports that police were called to a polling station in Lewisham, south London, where a queue of roughly 300 people had yet to vote when the doors closed at 10pm BST, and that about 200 voters were also turned away in Ladybarn in Withington, Manchester.

The Beeb also points to problems in Hackney, London, where voters staged a sit-in after the polls closed; in Liverpool, where a polling station ran out of paper ballots; and in the Sheffield Hallam constituency, where people were turned away after queuing for three hours.

The Electoral Commission said there would be a "thorough review" of stations where voters were turned away. Polling stations are required by law to close at 10pm BST, but those who have already received a ballot can still vote.

The Beeb says voters were "fuming", but we believe they mean non-voters.

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