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People who have to self-isolate due to the coronavirus can still vote in local elections through new proxy voting measures for emergencies

People who have to self-isolate due to the coronavirus can continue to vote in local elections following a planned change to the change in the rules on proxy voting for emergencies published in Parliament

The move is one of several measures the government has taken to ensure fair and COVID-safe participation in the upcoming Council and Mayoral elections in England, as well as the Commissioner for Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales

Legislation put before Parliament allows anyone who is self-isolating due to COVID-19 to access an emergency proxy until 5:00 p.m. on election day

These elections can and will be conducted in a COVID-safe manner, and the expanded proxy rules are an integral part of them

The new rules mean that voters who test positive for COVID-19 or who isolate themselves can continue to have a say in these elections without having to leave their homes

Anyone unable to attend a polling station due to COVID-19, including those who shield themselves to appoint a proxy beyond the usual deadline

Anyone with an existing proxy agreement who will appoint a new proxy by 5:00 p.m. on election day if their proxy is affected by COVID-19 and cannot act as a proxy

On Friday the 5th February, the government confirmed that the Elections scheduled for May 2021, including the Council and Mayoral elections in England and the Commissioner for Police and Crime (PCC) in England and Wales, will take place as planned

The government has also released a transmission plan that includes guidelines for the safe and effective delivery of the COVID-19 level polls, including tentative changes to proxy voting rules, as usual, anyone can vote before the May elections Secure a postal vote The deadline for all postal voting applications ends on Tuesday, 20th April, at 5:00 p.m. Everyone who wishes to vote by post is asked to apply as early as possible and not to wait until the deadline

More than ever, people deserve to have their say as we better focus on issues ranging from local health regulations to safer roads to council tax levels, and the pandemic calls for a more flexible approach to voting / p>
The government continues to work closely with the electoral community and public health authorities to resolve challenges and ensure that anyone who is eligible to vote can do so in a COVID-safe manner.The government will engage with political parties on broader electoral guidelines Exchange This includes the additional new measures on the nomination process published on the GOVUnited Kingdom

These measures will help hold important elections in a way that minimizes public health risks and gives voters confidence that every effort will be made to ensure that the polls remain COVID-safe

From the 8th March also change coronavirus regulations to allow for a wider range of campaign-related activities It is important, however, that this continues to be done in a COVID-safe manner in accordance with guidelines and the law.The government will in due course publish further guidelines for candidates, their agents and political parties on campaigning and is working with the Parliamentary Party Body on these guidelines to ensure that the views of the political parties are taken into account

This legislation is expected to be discussed in the House of Commons and House of Lords next month If approved, it is expected to take effect in early April

The Scottish Government has changed legislation to allow those who follow government or medical advice on Covid-19 to request emergency representatives when voting in Scottish local government and general election elections

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-allow-proxy-voting-in-local-elections-for-those-self-isolating-with-coronavirus