WOULD-BE voters are being turned away from polling stations and told to “vote in their own member state” as the UK takes part in the European Parliament election.

More and more accounts, mostly via Twitter, are emerging of EU citizens who are resident in the UK being refused the right to vote.

Some are blaming administrative errors by local authorities.

The Guardian said that dozens of people have contacted them to share their story.

A common account is of EU citizens turning up to polling stations to find their name scored out before being turned away.

Many people up and down the country appear to have filled out and returned the forms with enough time to spare yet still run into problems.

Others say they were never told to fill out the forms in the first place.

Some in Scotland have contacted The National directly and we are working on bringing you their stories.

The UK was due to leave the EU on March 29 and is only participating in the elections because Theresa May and her government have failed to get their Withdrawal Agreement Bill through Parliament.

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The SNP’s Joanna Cherry yesterday raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions.

“Over the last few days I’ve received distressed emails from a number of constituents who are EU citizens living in the UK but who won’t be able to vote tomorrow,” she said to Theresa May.

“Their predicament arises because of the Prime Minister’s government’s late decision to participate in the elections which didn’t give many EU citizens enough time to fill out the necessary form declaring that they won’t be voting elsewhere."

She asked May if she would use “all the powers” of her office to ensure the form is made available at polling stations today.

The Prime Minister said that the Government takes every step to allow people to vote and went on to blame the House for the late participation in the election because they failed to ratify her Brexit deal.

Cherry has since taken to Twitter this afternoon, saying that there is “something very rotten at the heart of British politics”, adding: "I raised this with @theresamay at #PMQs yesterday but she has done nothing.

"I won’t let it lie.”

In that time, the hashtag #DeniedMyVote has started to trend on Twitter, with many EU citizens sharing their account.

One user of the social media site, Agata Patyna, said she was told she should vote in her homeland.

“Turned away from polling station this morning,” she tweeted. “Told I should vote in my EU member state.

“Called local council yesterday, they confirmed I could vote. Called again today. Apparently council had no time to send out forms to all EU residents. Nothing they can do now #DeniedMyVote.”

Another, Kätlin, shared the letter she received from Middlesbrough Council towards the start of the month. It read: "Further to your recent application to be added to electoral register, I’m writing to let you know that you are already registered and you don’t need to do anything else.”

Kätlin tweeted the picture along with the words: “#DeniedMyVote I love how they state on the letter that 'You don't need to do anything else' and then you turn up on the day and get denied.”

“I registered to vote online. When I called them today they said 'Sorry, but you registered on the final day and we didn't have time to send out the extra form for you'. What is the point of registration deadline, when you can't even fully register?”

The Guardian also reported that an Irish family in Liverpool were even denied the right to vote, even though Irish citizens living in the UK are allowed to participate in any election in the UK without the need for any special form.