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Government announces contingency measures for this year’s electoral canvass to address coronavirus challenge

By June 9, 2020National News

Published 9th June 

New measures announced today address the unique challenges for this year’s electoral canvass posed by coronavirus, Constitution Minister Chloe Smith confirms. 

The annual canvass is a significant data-gathering exercise whereby electoral administrators update their electoral rolls – the lists of everyone in their community who is registered to vote – confirming the details of electors who should be added or removed. 

The government will amend the final date for this year’s revised registers to be published, extending it from 1 December 2020 to February 2021. 

This will allow local authority staff more time to complete their canvassing and maintain the accuracy of their registers, in light of practical consequences such as redeployed resourcing and social distancing. 

The government will amend its Parliamentary Constituencies Bill to allow for the upcoming, independent boundary review to be based on data from a verified version of electoral registers from March 2020 – and not from 1 December. 

The next boundary review is set in law to begin in early 2021 and, as a rule, proposes updated and equalised UK parliamentary constituencies based on electoral registers as of 1 December 2020 – after the annual canvass is usually completed. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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