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Started by mikeshadow on Jan 16, 2021 2:43:40 AM
Elections due on 6 May 2021. Will they be postponed again because of Covid?

Elections due to take place on 6 May 2021:

Local council elections in England

Local and combined authority mayoral elections

Mayor of London and London Assembly elections

Police and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales

Welsh parliamentary elections

Scottish parliamentary elections



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55679107

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mikeshadow - 16 Jan 2021 02:49:14 (#1 of 40)

Snippets from the linked BBC article:

I've been shown a summary of concerns set out by returning officers - council officials who are responsible for running the elections.

Key among them are the availability of safe venues for ballots to be cast and counted, and finding enough willing staff to take on public-facing roles with back-up plans for any Covid outbreaks.

Typical polling stations, such as village halls and community centres, have in many cases been closed for the best part of a year.

One council leader said they were struggling to get hold of the people who manage them, adding: "Even if we get them open we'll have to deep clean the dust and spiders before we even start making them Covid-safe."

ZimAgain - 16 Jan 2021 02:52:32 (#2 of 40)

You would think after last year they would have heard of postal votes.

Ebadlun - 16 Jan 2021 02:55:18 (#3 of 40)

Even a basket case nation like the USA can run a presidential election during covid, as well as more developed nations such as Nigeria and Tajikistan, this shouldn't be beyond us surely?

JennyRad - 16 Jan 2021 13:14:15 (#4 of 40)

The US did it while, erm, not giving enough of a shit about the pandemic, Badders, so I'm not sure they're a great example.

Postal votes seem like the way forward, but you've still got to work out the logistics of counting safely - it's not just voting.

tasselhoff - 16 Jan 2021 13:17:59 (#5 of 40)

The funny thing is that The Donald told his supporters not to use postal votes. If he had told them to do so, the outcome could have been horribly different.

machiavelli - 16 Jan 2021 13:20:14 (#6 of 40)

Bogbrush will hold off elections as long as he can in the hope of having some good news to deliver

dottie30 - 16 Jan 2021 13:24:18 (#7 of 40)

The funny thing is that The Donald told his supporters not to use postal votes. If he had told them to do so, the outcome could have been horribly different.



I don't see how. Seems to me Donald managed to get his vote out very well. It's just the other side managed to do it better. In the end, in popular vote terms, it was pretty much a landslide.

In terms of the electoral college; the Dems managed to get the vote out exactly where it needed to be.

OldLefty - 16 Jan 2021 13:25:20 (#8 of 40)

I don't see why they can't be all-postal ballots. I did see something about councils not being able to register everyone for postal ballots in time, but a law change to make the elections all-postal would deal with that, and they could just send out ballot papers with the polling cards.

DesEsseintes - 16 Jan 2021 19:59:11 (#9 of 40)

All postal ballots are shite. Last time we did that loads of people voted for the BNP.

nemo75 - 16 Jan 2021 20:01:41 (#10 of 40)

Last time we did that loads of people voted for the BNP.

Uh.

breakfast - 16 Jan 2021 20:14:55 (#11 of 40)

It might make sense to postpone them by a couple of months whether you do them by an all postal ballot or not.

mikeshadow - 16 Jan 2021 20:38:48 (#12 of 40)

There are several other methods of voting that could be used.

In the May 2002 local elections our ward was part of a trial where residents could choose to cast their votes via the internet, telephone, touchscreen kiosks in supermarkets; or traditional polling stations or postal votes.

Ginmonkey - 16 Jan 2021 21:50:51 (#13 of 40)

#9 huh? Are racists too lazy to walk to the polling booth or something?

DesEsseintes - 16 Jan 2021 22:33:49 (#14 of 40)

They just never voted before, and didn't after.

limegreen - 16 Jan 2021 22:34:57 (#15 of 40)

Postponing makes me very uncomfortable. I was a bit unhappy how easily we did it the first time. Polling stations tend to be pretty distanced places in my experience, and you aren't in them very long. If it takes longer to actually count the votes safely then so be it. Of course anyone vulnerable should be able to have a postal vote, but that's not an issue.

Tenesmus - 16 Jan 2021 23:56:40 (#16 of 40)

Bring your own pencil.

machiavelli - 17 Jan 2021 01:09:09 (#17 of 40)

There will be no elections. Johnson will appoint Gauleiters.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Jan 2021 07:44:31 (#18 of 40)

Until brexit.

TauCeti - 17 Jan 2021 08:46:15 (#19 of 40)

Why postpone it when they are going to church anyway; evidently cv doesn't not enter such premises.

machiavelli - 17 Jan 2021 11:23:26 (#20 of 40)

Johnson needs to put off the democracy we left the EU to recover in order to buy time.

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