Post by Roland Perry Post by tim...
which seems to me to be somewhat later than the original proposal
and somewhat closer the the timetable that I suggested.
I'm the oldest person in my immediate family, and all the rest seem to
have leap-frogged me in the pecking order due to some "job" criteria
(none of them are front line medical staff)
To what extent are either of the #1 or Cabinet Office timetables linked
to over-50's being vaccinated by *21 days before* the May election?
Is there any major reason why the May elections cant be an entirely postal
Technically and legally, none. But it would be logistically difficult,
and probably unpopular.
In any case, the polling stations aren't going to be the real problem,
especially if a lot more people than normal choose to have postal votes
anyway (which they are perfectly entitled to do). Other countries have
successfully held elections during the pandemic, and there's no evidence
that the polling stations have been significant vectors for virus
transmission. That's why the government's current plans (published
today) are to go ahead with the elections but make whatever adjustments
are necessary to have covid-secure polling stations and make it easier
for peple to get a last-minute proxy vote (if, eg, they are having to
self-isolate due to an infectious close contact):
The difficult bit will be the count. Normally, this involves a large
number of people working flat out cheek-by-jowl in an enclosed space,
with plenty of other people (candidates, media, official observers, etc)
milling around as well. That's clearly not going to work this time. The
count venues will probably need to be more spacious (the document above
alludes to that where it talks about providing the funding for
alternative venues where necessary), but even that won't necessarily
solve the problem - especially given that the count venues are,
typically, leisure centres, and they tend to be the largest indoor
spaces available outside the large cities. So it may also be that the
count has to proceeed more slowly, over several days instead of just
one, so that fewer staff are required to be working at any one time.