The elections on 6 May are definitely going ahead - or at least that's the assurance from the Government to the House of Commons on Wednesday 13th January. This is a good time to consider registering for a postal vote - one way to make sure that we can all vote in a secure and safe way.
May's elections are significant across the country, with elections to English local councils, Scottish and Welsh assemblies and directly elected Mayors. In London the elections are for the Mayor and members of the London Assembly, as well as any pending by-elections to London authorities. The elections have already been deferred for a year, and there is concern that not enough is being done to ensure that voting in May is safe and accessible to all during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
Bromley Borough residents can apply to vote by post by downloading and filling in this form and return it to Electoral Services, Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH. If you need help printing this form email [email protected] and we can send you a printed version. To find out more about voting by post or proxy, please visit the Electoral Commission's official site at: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/
Speaking to the House of Commons on 13th January, Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith said that the Government's position was that "Safe and secure elections are the cornerstone of any democracy and parliament's decision, as set out in primary legislation, is that these polls should go ahead in May." Ominously she added that the government were keeping the position under review.
Bromley Lib Dem campaigner Dave Marshall said "We think that the elections should take place - elections have taken place in many countries during the pandemic - and to extend again would raise serious questions about our democracy. However, it's important that people are not deterred from voting by their concerns about the safety of the process, and registering for a postal vote is a step we can all take. "