Proxy voting to be allowed in local elections

On 23 February 2021 the Cabinet Office and Chloe Smith MP released a press release explaining that individuals who need to self-isolate because of coronavirus will still be able to vote in the local elections, following a planned amendment to emergency proxy voting rules published in Parliament.

Previously we reported that the government confirmed that the range of polls scheduled for 6 May 2021, including council and mayoral elections in England, and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales, will go ahead as planned. The article can be accessed here :

In addition, the details of the 2021 Office of Police Crime Commissioner Elections described by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire can be accessed here.

The legislation, which has been laid before Parliament, will allow anyone who is self-isolating due to COVID-19 to access an emergency proxy vote, up to 5pm on election day. The press release can be accessed here.