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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

mikeshadow - 05 Feb 2021 21:28:09 (#21 of 63)

Bring your own pen.

May's local and mayoral elections in England are going ahead - but voters will be asked to bring their own pens to help combat coronavirus.

The government is giving councils an extra £31m for plastic screens in polling stations and hand sanitiser in an effort to make the polls Covid-safe.

And people who are shielding will be encouraged to vote by post.

But an all-postal ballot has been ruled out, despite local fears the elections will be too difficult to organise.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55938380

Tinymcsmithy - 06 Feb 2021 02:19:48 (#22 of 63)

But an all-postal ballot has been ruled out, despite local fears the elections will be too difficult to organise.



AAAAAARRREEEGGGHHHHHHHH!

darkhorse - 06 Feb 2021 07:19:04 (#23 of 63)

Our council emailed me with a postal vote application this week. As soon as I get a stamp I will be sending it in.

I love the ritual of voting, but it's frequently been a pain in the arse on Thursdays to squeeze a vote into the day.

(I would usually be getting up, breakfast and child wrangling, dropping off kids at school, rushing to work, picking up kids from childcare, driving home, waiting for partner to get home, cook and eat tea and somehow find time for trip to annoyingly distant-for-London polling station), and what with CV, I think postal is the way to go.

Tenesmus - 08 Feb 2021 07:19:28 (#24 of 63)

I received a postal vote application form through the post last week, accompanied by a flyer helpfully explaining how I should use it to vote Conservative.

mikeshadow - 19 Feb 2021 18:07:42 (#25 of 63)

Restrictions on leafleting.

Smaller parties have claimed they are being squeezed out of the May elections by “over zealous” enforcement of anti-Covid rules.

They said on Friday a ban on leafleting by volunteers left them unable to compete against the major parties which have well-funded mailshots and even paid deliveries.

Brian Rose, a former Wall Street banker and independent candidate for Mayor of London, was fined £200 last month for campaigning in the streets.

Outside London, Neil McEvoy, a member of the Welsh assembly has accused police of “subverting the democratic process” after officers went to his home to warn about door to door leafleting in Cardiff.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-candidate-brian-rose-may-local-elections-2021-covid-canvassing-b920345.html

Ebadlun - 19 Feb 2021 18:42:15 (#26 of 63)

Brian could save money by not showing his ubiquitous online ads to people who don't live in London.

1MELSM - 19 Feb 2021 20:34:01 (#27 of 63)

Elections this May should go ahead. Probably more people will use postal votes, and where they don't then I guess polling stations will be less busy because of increased postal voting.

Once again my wife has been asked whether she'd like to help count the vote, the difference this time being that it's anticipated there will be more work-time spent opening many thousands more envelopes before votes can be counted and results arrived at.

machiavelli - 19 Feb 2021 21:27:27 (#28 of 63)

Smaller parties have claimed they are being squeezed out of the May elections by “over zealous” enforcement of anti-Covid rules.

I'd have thought that leafletting is a low risk activity.

mikeshadow - 19 Feb 2021 21:36:27 (#29 of 63)

More on the leafleting ban:

Rights and democracy groups are urging the government to rethink its ban on political leafleting during England’s current coronavirus restrictions.

Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith said in a letter to members of the Parliamentary Parties Panel that leafleting and door-to-door campaigning was “not considered (an) essential or necessary activity” in lockdown.

But rights and democracy groups, including Big Brother Watch, claim there is no leafleting ban in the coronavirus regulations and raised concerns it could interfere with the right to free expression and the functioning of democracy.

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/westminster-news/coronavirus-ban-leaflets-7564816

Verdigris - 19 Feb 2021 21:39:47 (#30 of 63)

Royal Mail do a leaflet drop every Tuesday in my village. Why can't they just add the election leaflets to that? I assume the arrangements are similar elsewhere.

DesEsseintes - 19 Feb 2021 21:41:37 (#31 of 63)

It's fair enough. Following government guidelines, or laws as they used to be called, isn't an essential or necessary activity any more either.

moto748 - 19 Feb 2021 21:47:47 (#32 of 63)

If burger joints and chuggers can push flyers through your letterbox on a daily basis, why not election material?

DesEsseintes - 19 Feb 2021 21:55:05 (#33 of 63)

Old clp secretary used to argue it was a denial of a human right if anyone used to try and stop us delivering our leaflets.

SinnerBoy - 19 Feb 2021 21:58:31 (#34 of 63)

Moto, I've had at least one takeaway flyer every day this week!

moto748 - 19 Feb 2021 22:01:42 (#35 of 63)

As have most of us, I imagine.

LemonGrass - 19 Feb 2021 22:12:35 (#36 of 63)

#13 - Well they're too lazy to think.

Eh, sister?

DesEsseintes - 19 Feb 2021 23:20:22 (#37 of 63)

They are good for deciding what to put on your homemade pizza, takeaway leaflets.

1MELSM - 20 Feb 2021 00:28:20 (#38 of 63)

Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith said in a letter to members of the Parliamentary Parties Panel that leafleting and door-to-door campaigning was “not considered (an) essential or necessary activity” in lockdown.

Do you remember she was the earnest young MP 'given a mauling' by Jeremy Paxman on the former Newsnight on BBC TV in 2012 in the days when he was interested in the job, the programme had many more viewers, and when Cameron's Government was still young. As Economic Secretary to the Treasury she got in a tangle over her views on fuel duty, in a situation when it was thought that Chancellor Boy George should have come on TV to defend what were his financial decisions.

OldLefty - 20 Feb 2021 11:07:32 (#39 of 63)

Wasn't she the one who was interviewed by Krishnan Guru-Murthy on C4 News and didn't know the answers to his questions, then was asked the same questions later on Newsnight and still hadn't bothered to find out the answers?

1MELSM - 20 Feb 2021 13:29:26 (#40 of 63)

I don't know, OL. It'll take someone else here to confirm that if it's true. I'm surprised that when she had that experience with Jeremy Paxman, following which I thought she soon resigned what was clearly stressful and perhaps too onerous a post, or she was reshuffled a little later, that she's still kicking around somewhere in government office all these years on.

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