Proxy voting in local elections for those self-isolating

Individuals who need to self-isolate because of coronavirus will still be able to vote in the local elections through new emergency proxy voting measures.

The Cabinet Office says that the move is just one of a number of measures the government is putting in place to allow for fair and Covid-secure participation in the upcoming council and mayoral elections in England, and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.

The legislation will allow anyone who is self-isolating due to coronavirus to access an emergency proxy vote, up to 17:00 on election day - currently scheduled for 6 May 2021.

People can also secure a postal vote in advance of the May elections. The deadline for all postal voting applications is 17:00 on 20 April.

Chloe Smith, Minister of State for the Constitution & Devolution, said: “These elections can and will be delivered in a Covid-secure way and the extended proxy voting rules are a key part of this. The new rules will mean that voters who have tested positive for Covid-19, or are self-isolating, can still have their say in these elections without having to leave their home.”