Yorkshire news Here are the rules if you are self-isolating and need an emergency proxy vote MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - You will still be able to vote in the elections even if you are forced to stay at home because of Covid
Breaking News ! People self-isolating because of Covid will still be able to vote in this May's local elections, under new rules going through Parliament now. People will be able to apply for a proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day, under the new legislation being laid before Parliament. Earlier this month the government confirmed that the upcoming council elections, mayoral elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will go ahead in England and Wales as planned, following speculation they could be scrapped for a second year running because of Covid. This year is set to be a big year for West Yorkshire, as voters elect their first-ever metro mayor. The new position will absorb the powers of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, including appointing the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and raising the portion of council tax which helps fund the police. Minister of state for the Constitution and Devolution, Chloe Smith, insisted that this year's polls will be Covid-secure - although they will look markedly different than in previous years. To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here . A big concern had been how people would vote if they had come down with Covid and missed the deadline to register for a proxy vote. However, under the new legislation: All those who are unable to attend a polling station as a result of Covid-19, including those who are shielding, will be able to appoint a proxy beyond the usual deadline All those with an existing proxy arrangement will be able to appoint a new proxy up until 5pm on polling day if their proxy is affected by Covid-19 and is unable to act for them. Ms Smith 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.
." Meanwhile, those wishing to vote by post must submit their application by 5pm on Tuesday April 20. Anyone wishing to vote by post has been urged to submit their application as soon as possible and not wait for the deadline. The legislation outlining the new rules is due to be debated in the House of Commons and House of Lords next month. If passed, it is set to come into force in early April. How will voting take place? Those voting in person will be required by law to wear a face mask inside the polling station and will also be asked to bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot. Hand sanitiser, protective barriers and divider screens will also be used. How will campaigning take place? The government has emphasised that any campaigning must be done in a Covid-secure way. It says it will be amending the coronavirus regulations to allow a "broader range of campaign-related activity" from March 8, but is not yet clear what that involves. Further guidance for candidates, their agents and political parties on campaigning in the elections will also be published in "due course".
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